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How To Get Rid of Household Hazardous Wastes

It’s important to dispose of household hazardous wastes the correct way. HHWs contain ingredients that are flammable, corrosive, combustible, toxic and/or reactive. HHWs include:

  • Used motor oil
  • Automobile batteries
  • Household rechargeable batteries
  • Gasoline
  • Paint, thinners and solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Pool chemicals
  • Cleaning supplies

HHWs from Polk County residents are accepted at no additional fee at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the North Central Landfill. Auto and boat batteries, household batteries, fuel and gas cylinders, used oil and antifreeze filters, pesticides, mercury and fluorescent lights, flares, paint and used cooking oil are accepted.

But why do you have to pay extra attention to how disposing of HHWs? Well, they can be harmful to humans, wildlife and the environment. They can contaminate water supplies, and they should never be thrown in the trash, poured down the drain, storm sewers or on the ground. Never leave hazardous products within the reach of children or pets.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re transporting HHWs to the landfill:

  • Do not mix chemicals together;
  • If containers are in poor condition, pack securely in a sturdy box or bucket when transporting (do not pack in plastic bags); and
  • Place containers in a well ventilated trunk or truck bed.

Call (863) 284-4319 for more information.

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