Improper Disposal is Dangerous
Most of the chemicals we use in our home are considered "hazardous" and become "waste" when we want to throw them away. If your home is like most in America, you've probably got quite a collection. Americans generate 1.6 million tons of HHW each year. That's an average of 100 pounds per home! Some people make the mistake of pouring HHW into the sink or storm sewer or putting them into the garbage. HHW can create serious health problems in addition to long lasting environmental problems when disposed of improperly.

Do Not Pour HHW into the Sink
When materials are poured into a sink or flushed down the toilet, they travel to a wastewater treatment plant. However, treatment plants can't filter out all types of hazardous waste. The treated water is then discharged (let go) into a lake, river, or wetland area. The less you put toxins down the sink, the better your water quality will be.

Do Not Pour HHW into the Street Storm Drain
Stormwater drains at the curb flow directly to streams, creeks, and bayous. The water it carries is not treated. Hazardous chemicals dumped down the storm drain will pollute those water bodies.

Do Not Put HHW in the Trash
Many landfills in Texas won't accept HHW because of the dangers associated with it. It's also important to remember that putting HHW in the trash is very dangerous for the men and women who handle your garbage. Some HHW can release harmful fumes, and others, if accidentally mixed in a garbage truck, can create a fire or explosion.