If you are not sure which products are hazardous, look at the labels. They will include words such as warning, caution, danger, flammable, corrosive and poison. Never pour these products down the drain or put them in the trash.
Do you use any of these common hazardous products at your home?
- Paints, stains, solvents and thinners
- Propane tanks
- Household cleaners and disinfectants
- Fire extinguishers
- Pesticides and poisons
- Aerosol spray products
- Mercury-containing products (fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, thermometers, thermostats)
- Automotive fluids
- Pool and spa chemicals
- Art and hobby chemicals
- Sharps (medical syringes, lancets, etc.)
If you do have them and need to get rid of them, Metro's hazardous waste facilities in Oregon City and NW Portland provide safe disposal. A $5 fee covers up to 35 gallons of hazardous household products.
Reduce the hazardous products you use at home:
- Choose safer alternatives, see Metro's Green Cleaning, "The Hazardless Home Handbook" and Natural Yard & Garden information.
- Buy only what you need
- Share leftovers with someone who can use them
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