Americans generate 1.6 million tons of Household Hazardous Waste every year. The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of HHW in the basement, garage, and storage closets.
Many household products contain dangerous chemicals that require special handling. If not properly disposed of, these chemicals can harm humans,animals,and the environment.
Burying these chemicals in the ground or pouring them down storm drains or sinks can result in groundwater pollution. Since 92% of Florida’s population depends on groundwater for drinking water, improper disposal of these chemicals poses a threat to Florida’s drinking water.
Product labels can tip you off to a potential hazard. Look for any of these words: Pesticide, Warning, Caustic, Poison, Acid, Danger, or Flammable.
The Hazardous Waste Program provides Orange County homeowners with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste safely and properly at no charge.
Orange County residents may bring their household hazardous waste and electronic waste to the Apopka Community Collection Event on Saturday, October 15th at Apopka High School.
What to bring to the Household Hazardous Waste Community Collection Event:
- paint thinner and stripper
- varnish and stains
- cleaning fluids
- drain cleaners
- auto and furniture polish
- solvents and flammable liquids
- pool chemicals
- photography chemicals
- chemistry sets
- brake fluid and antifreeze
- unknown chemicals
- vehicle batteries
- waste oil
- mercury lamps and devices
- propane tanks up to 20 pounds