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Household Hazardous Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.

Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

With that in mind, here are a few tips for managing household hazardous waste--

  • The best place to begin is by simply limiting your purchase of hazardous products.
  • Use and store products containing hazardous substances carefully to prevent any accidents at home. Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels. Corroding containers, however, require special handling. Call your local hazardous materials official or fire department for instructions.
  • When leftovers remain, never mix HHW with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, or explode, and contaminated HHW might become unrecyclable.
  • Remember to follow any instructions for use and disposal provided on product labels.
  • Participate in our area's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. The event is open to Morgantown residents. Information on the event, including when, where and what we take, can be found here.  Please note that the date and location for the 2014 event has yet to be established!

To learn more about household hazardous waste via the EPA please click here

Also, be sure to also check out our carpet cleaning flyer here.

Be sure to take our stormwater survey by clicking here!

Three raw videos of previous HHWCs are available via YouTube at the below links..