Table 1 Methods for Disposal of Small Quantities of Common Hazardous Wastes

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Take to a hazardous Wrap in Take to a waste plastic special collection bag, put in Wash recycling site (or store trash, and down drain center (not until alert the with lots of paper available) collector water recycling)

Give to a Return to the friend to use, manufacturer with careful or to the instructions retailer

Acids Best Never Never

(strong)

Acids (weak) Best 4th best 3rd best

Banned 2nd best Never Never pesticides

Unavailable Impractical Impractical

Unavailable Never

2nd best Never

Impractical Best

Batteries

3rd best

Never

Impractical

Best

Never

2nd best

Caustics

Best

3rd best

4th best

Unavailable

2nd best

Impractical

Pesticide

Best

2nd best

Impractical Unavailable

Impractical

Impractical

containers

Flammables

Best

3rd best

Never

Unavailable

2nd best

Impractical

Outdated

Best

3rd best

2nd best

Never

Never

Impractical

medicines

Paint

2nd best

3rd best

Never

Unavailable

Best

Impractical

Paint

Best

Never

Never

Unavailable

2nd best

Impractical

remover

Pesticides

Best

3rd best

Never

Unavailable

2nd best

Impractical

Used motor oil

3rd best

Never

Never

Best

Never

2nd best

Wood

Best

2nd best

Never

Unavailable

3rd best

Impractical

preservatives

Note: Strong acids include battery acid, murintic acid, and hydrochloric acid. Weak acids include acetic acid, toilet bowl cleaner, and lactic acid. Banned pesticides include Silvex, Mirex, Aldrin, Chlordane, DDT, and Heptachlor. Caustics include oven cleaner and drain cleaner. Flammables include alcohol, acetone, turpentine, lacquer, and paint thinner. Pesticides include rodent poisons, insecticides, weed killer, and other herbicides and fungicides. Pesticide containers should be triple-rinsed, and the contents sprayed on crops or yard, before discarding.

Note: Strong acids include battery acid, murintic acid, and hydrochloric acid. Weak acids include acetic acid, toilet bowl cleaner, and lactic acid. Banned pesticides include Silvex, Mirex, Aldrin, Chlordane, DDT, and Heptachlor. Caustics include oven cleaner and drain cleaner. Flammables include alcohol, acetone, turpentine, lacquer, and paint thinner. Pesticides include rodent poisons, insecticides, weed killer, and other herbicides and fungicides. Pesticide containers should be triple-rinsed, and the contents sprayed on crops or yard, before discarding.

Small quantities of hazardous solid wastes (such as potassium dichromate, lead nitrate, silver nitrate, asbestos, etc.), liquid chemicals (such as chloroform, PCB, methylene chloride, etc.), petrochemicals (such as gasoline, No. 2 fuel oil, etc.), or pure metals (such as mercury, sodium, etc.), which are stored in bottles or cans, however, are not considered to be hazardous "household products." Accordingly these nonhousehold hazardous solid wastes, even in small quantities, can only be properly disposed of by licenced or certified environmental professionals.

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