What household waste can be hazardous

How to Properly Dispose of Hazardous Household Waste

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 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from your non-hazardous trash/recyclables! When you hire a house cleaning company from Fort Collins, you can allow them to adequately dispose of your hazardous waste. But, what if you want to do it on your own? Here’s what you should pay attention to.

What household waste can be hazardous?

First, it’s important to get a general idea of just what household items can become potentially hazardous under the right set of circumstances. We have prepared a list of the most common items people have in their homes that can spell trouble in certain situations. Take a look at which household items can be a hazard:

  • Paint
  • Household cleaning items
  • Antifreeze
  • Motor oils
  • Mothballs
  • Household batteries
  • And much more

How do I know if my household waste is hazardous?

Unsure if the item you are about to toss is a HHW? Then it’s time to learn more about how to determine if an item in your home is a hidden household hazard. The best way to determine if something is potentially hazardous is to closely inspect the label. Look for the following words on the label:

  • Irritant
  • Flammable
  • Corrosive
  • Explosive
  • Toxic

How do I properly dispose of my HHW?

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 handle 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 and 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.

Know that 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

Which house cleaning company in Fort Collins can help me dispose of my hazardous waste?

If you do not want to handle hazardous household waste all on your own, it’s best to contact All Star Cleaning Services of Fort Collins and allow our experienced cleaners to handle the waste for you. Not cleaning your dish sponge properly can be damaging to your health, now imagine just how serious improperly handling hazardous materials is. Luckily, you can always rely on our assistance.

Not only are we able to rid your home of those pesky allergens, but we are also experts at handling all things hazardous around your home. It makes no difference if you live near Boyd Lake State Park, or closer to another location in Fort Collins. Just give us a call and we’ll be there to help you handle your household hazards. Contact us today!