Spring Cleaning Season is just around the corner! Before you start cleaning your house from top to bottom, consider cleaning out your cabinet first – your cleaning cabinet! With all of the nontoxic products available on the market today there is no longer any reason to use hazardous chemicals to clean your home. Just be sure you separate your House Hold Hazardous Waste (HHW) from your non-hazardous trash/recyclables!
HHW items include:
- household cleaning items
- motor oils
- household batteries
- and much more
Unsure if the item you are about to toss is a HHW? Look for the following words on the label:
All items containing those hazardous properties must be disposed of properly and separate from the rest of your house trash. Dumping unused portions in the trash or down the drain pose a threat to human health and the environment! Take the same kind of care disposing of your HHW as you would handling it while in use. Chemical contact with skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream, as goes for dumping those same chemicals in landfills. They are absorbed into the earth& our drinking water, posing a threat to our health.
Do a little research before dumping dangerous materials! Most states offer a variety of HHW disposal drop off areas.
A disposal center for HHW in the Larimer County area is available at:
The Larimer County Landfill
5887 S. Taft Hill Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m
((NOTE: an empty HHW container does not pose as big of a threat as an unopened/partially used one. As long as the container is under 5 gallons, empty & dry it is O.K. to go in with the rest of your house recycling. Also, if the product you are tossing is unused or partially used but not outdated, try offering it to a friend or donate it to the cleaning supplies at work (check with your boss first) before properly disposing of it.))