What is household hazardous waste?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers leftover household products as hazardous wastes, such as:

  • Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Gasoline
  • Miscellaneous chemicals
  • Oils
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum products

These wastes can catch fire, react or explode under certain circumstances, and can be corrosive or toxic; therefore, they need to be disposed of properly - not down the drain!

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1. How do I contact the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority?
2. Which items should not be flushed down the toilet?
3. What should businesses know about wastewater?
4. How do I request a tour?
5. What is the Fat, Oil & Grease (FOG) Program?
6. What is household hazardous waste?
7. How do I apply for a job with the WRA?
8. What should you do with your household hazardous waste?
9. What is the WRA'S service area?