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Hazardous household waste: why it's important to dispose of it properly?

This waste is pretty much all around you, from your technology to cleaning supplies. Disposing of this waste incorrectly could wreak havoc on the environment.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Many items in your home could be considered hazardous household waste, and that's fine - but what's important is disposing of them properly.

For starters, what is hazardous household waste? 

Well, the EPA defines it as leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances or items that are corrosive or toxic.

One item that Solid Waste Disposal Authority (SWDA) really wants people to keep out of their trash cans? 

Lithium batteries - mainly because they can eventually find their way into our water supply.

"A lot of things can start fires - your lithium batteries are a big one, it's a growing thing in the world and it's a growing problem. Everyone has them, they're in every device. And if lithium mixes with water, you've got a serious fire hazard," said SWDA facility operator Andrew Wilson.

One of their missions is keeping this waste out of landfills.

"It keeps it out of the environment, out of the soil, out of water that we drink every day. I mean you go to the store a lot of the water that we drink is basically recycled so we want to keep it out of the landfill, so I don't contaminate our waters, our food, things that farmers use to grow, which is their soil and crop so," said SWDA HHW operator Joseph Garrett.

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Taking these tips seriously helps set an example for future generations.

"We have a lot of participation and obviously you know the more participation, the more the cleanup that we're doing really will make an impact and you know we'd like to be you know, set an example for future, you know generations to have more of this make it more commonly available," said SWDA HHW Administrator Sean Johnson.

These tips also help provide future generations a world worth living in.

"Well, it may not affect us as much as it's gonna affect future generations. You don't want your children or your grandchildren growing up in a world where they can't drink the water," said Wilson.

If you have any of these items and need to dispose of them SWDA makes it easy and they are actually hosting a free disposal event this Saturday, July 10, 2021, from 8 am to 12 pm at the Household Hazardous Waste facility. 

SWDA's Household Hazardous Waste facility is located at 1055 A Cleaner Way Huntsville, AL 35805. 

The disposal facility is also open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm and on the first Saturday of each month for those who are working throughout the week. 

This is a drive-thru service, so, you don't even have to get out of your car.

Not only are you getting rid of your waste but you can sleep well knowing you're doing something positive for the planet.

The facility takes: 

- Paint and Paint Related Products

- Automotive Chemicals

- Lawn and Garden Poisons

- Household Cleaners

- Electronics

- Household Chemicals

We do NOT accept explosives, radioactive, or biological waste.

For a full list of items accepted, click here.

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If you have any of these items and need to dispose of them SWDA makes it easy and they are actually hosting a free disposal event this Saturday, July 10, 2021, from 8 am to 12 pm at the Household Hazardous Waste facility. 

SWDA's Household Hazardous Waste facility is located at 1055 A Cleaner Way Huntsville, AL 35805. 

The disposal facility is also open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm and on the first Saturday of each month for those who are working throughout the week. 

This is a drive-thru service, so, you don't even have to get out of your car.

Not only are you getting rid of your waste but you can sleep well knowing you're doing something positive for the planet.

The facility takes: 

- Paint and Paint Related Products

- Automotive Chemicals

- Lawn and Garden Poisons

- Household Cleaners

- Electronics

- Household Chemicals

We do NOT accept explosives, radioactive, or biological waste.

For a full list of items accepted, click here

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