Household Waste Disposal

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Household Waste Disposal

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The typical American household can contain between 100 and 200 chemical products for cleaning, painting and lubricating. Learning about green Household Waste Disposal will protect our natural resources and promote a healthier lifestyle for our children, grandchildren and beyond.

Reuse and Recycle:

This is the first and obviously the most preferred option. All products destined for your waste pile should pass the reuse and recycle test first. Here are a few options for you to consider in reuse:

Can non-profit organizations use anything you are tossing? You would be surprised what materials these agencies will accept. I have given away what I thought was junk to Habit or Goodwill and then found out that they give me a great donation tax credit on top of it.

Some things to consider:

    Old tools Scraps of lumber
    Old paint and thinners etc.
    Paper products
    Kitchen utensils
Toilet Flush Household Waste Disposal - Flush It:

Many items may be flushed down your drains if so noted in the Disposal Options Tables below. You should take a couple of precautions before you make this a habit though.

Be sure to check with your local city, county or state officials if this practice is suitable in your area. Some products cannot be broken down by the utilities wastewater facilities and you should therefore avoid flushing these products.

Wastewater Collection Systems That Are Available for Household Waste Disposal:

Municipal Sewer Systems:
All of your sanitary sewer or waste water piping flows to mains in the street. From there they lead to larger mains until they reach the wastewater treatment facility.

Depending of the level of treatment your municipality chooses to use, some pollutants will remain to be discharged into lakes rivers or streams.

Some pollutants such as pesticides or metals will contain residue that will be discharged, so be careful with these products.

Septic System Household Waste Disposal - Septic Tank/Drainfield System:

Septic Tanks:
Usually in more rural areas, septic tanks and drainfields are the norm for disposing of our wastewater. The septic tank acts like a mini-wastewater treatment plant and depends on microorganisms to break down the solids in your tank.

The resulting water will flow into a drainfield of perforated pipes with clean gravel and sand or into a drainage lagoon for evaporation.

This system works extremely well as long as the micro-organisms do their job. Any products that are not broken down can possibly pass through the septic tank in seep into the ground, entering the ground water table.

We don't recommend that you use the flushing technique for private septic systems as once the bacteria has been killed in your septic tank, you need to recharge it.

This can be a nuisance and expensive. Give your products that are flushable to a friend or co-worker who is on a municipal sewer system.

Storm Drainage

Household Waste Disposal - Don't Drain Into Storm Drainage System

Storm Drain Systems:
These typically carry away rainwater from our roofs, walks and swales. Do NOT dump any of your household wastes into these areas or drains as they are most often carried away to be drained directly into a nearby lake, stream or river.

Some municipalities have what is called a combined system which combines the storm water and the wasterwater into one treatment process.

Check with your local authorities on this. Never flush any toxic wastes down a drain unless instructed by your local wastewater officials that you can do so.

Household Waste Disposal - How to Flush:

Call your local municipality if you have any doubts about the materials to flush. It is best to flush when the system is carrying away wastewater at peak times. This would be between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Limit quantities.
Do not flush everything at once to overload the system. Most rules of thumb dictate that you should limit the quantities of household waste disposal to one quart per day unless you are directed otherwise.

Use Large Quantities of Fresh Water:
Flush the product down with large quantities of fresh water to speed it through the piping system. The toilet is the preferred disposal device in lieu of the kitchen sink or lavatories. This minimizes the risk of contamination.

After you flush, flush 3 more times to give the material a good boost down the pipeline.

Equipment you will need:
Chemical resistant rubber gloves
Chemical splash goggles.
No children present please.

Some Practical Household Waste Disposal Tips:
    Give additional thought to buying waste producing products. Is there a bio-degradable option available? If so, go that route.
    Buy only what you need. Don't purchase enough for several operations and wind up throwing most of it away.
    Follow storage and disposal recommendations of the container of the product.
    Keep all Household waste products in a locked cabinet, preferably in the garage and out of reach of your children.
    Locate recycle stations for bringing your engine oil, old batteries, antifreeze etc.
    Drain all of your containers. Thoroughly rinse out all containers of water soluble materials according to instructions of the container.
    Do not burn containers
    Do not dump anything in your yard
    Do not mix chemicals
    Do not put items containing heavy metals mercury, cadmium etc. such as batteries or mercury batteries in the trash.
    Do not permit wastes to enter unlicensed or unregulated landfills.
Household Waste Disposal Tables:

Just hover your mouse over each product below to view Household Waste Disposal Tables

    In The Bathroom:
    Cleaning Products:
    In The Garage and Garden:
    Garage Workshop Products:
    Miscellaneous Products:

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In The Bathroom
Product Flush Trash Recycle Collection
Hair permanent lotions      
Prescription Medications      
Nail Polish Remover      
Nail Polish Hardened      
After shave, perfume      
Cleaning Products
Product Flush Trash Recycle Collection
Bleach Products      
Toilet Bowl Cleaner      
Spot Removers      
Oven Cleaner      
Metal Cleaners      
Drain Cleaners      
Floor Wax Strippers      
Glass Cleaners      
Furniture Polish      
Ammonia Products      
In The Garage and Garden:
Product Flush Trash Recycle Collection
Auto Batteries    
Brake Fluid    
Diesel Fuel    
Fertilizer, dry        
Motor Oil      
Rat/Rodent Poison      
Transmission Fluid      
Weed Killers      
Windshield Washer Fluids      
Garage Workshop Products:
Product Flush Trash Recycle Collection
Spackle, Glaze      
Adhesive and Glue, Water Based      
Adhesive and Glue, Solvent Based      
Paint or Primer, Latex without Lead or Mercury    
Paint or Primer, Latex with Lead or Mercury      
Paint or Primer, Oil Based    
Paint Thinner    
Paint Remover and Stripper      
Putty, Grout, Caulk      
Rust Remover      
Stain and Varnish    
Wood Preservative      
Miscellaneous Products:
Product Flush Trash Recycle Collection
Ammunition (Check with Law Enforcement)        
Artist and Hobby Paint    
Batteries, Alkaline      
Batteries, Ni-Cad or Button    
Fabric Dye, Concentrate      
Fireworks - Saturate in bathtub full of water      
Fluorescent Bulbs, Tubs and Ballast    
Swimming Pool Chemicals      
Hot Tub Chemicals      
Smoke Detector      
Thermometer, Mercury