Because we are busy we are often looking for easy solutions to maintain our homes.
We fill our shelves with convenience products which promise less effort, more time and a cleaner, healthier, shinier and
better smelling place to live. But there may be trade offs . . .
In the long run, improper handling of these products may carry serious hidden costs:
- accidental poisonings of children or pets
- long-term illness
- risk of fire
- indoor air pollution
Why can't we just throw HHW "away"? First, there is no "away." One of the worst ways to dispose of many hazardous materials is to
dump them down the drain, as wastewater treatment plants are not designed to handle certain types of HHW. And, disposing of HHW
in a landfill can pollute the environment through the groundwater, surface water and air.
HHW products are sometimes corrosive. Acid leaking from automobile batteries can eat away many substances. Some are poisonous to humans
or wildlife, while others can cause birth defects, cancer, or other serious medical problems. Dumping HHW into a storm
drain is also dangerous, as it will find its way into a stream and on into the community's drinking water.