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Household Hazardous Products are products used around the house that contain chemicals that are hazardous to human and animal health or the environment. Examples include cleaners, polishes, anti-freeze, used motor oil, pesticides, batteries, paints, paint thinners, furniture strippers, and some personal grooming products.
 
By definition, household hazardous products are toxic, corrosive, reactive, flammable, or explosive. Labels on a household hazardous product will contain the words caution, warning, or danger. Many of these products should not be poured down drains, on the ground, or thrown in the garbage.
 
Households are not regulated. Yet, they may discharge the same types of toxic materials that some industries do. Industrial discharges represent less than 6% of the average daily flow to Cobb County wastewater treatment plants. Residential wastewater makes up 94% of the average daily flow. Even small amounts of pollution from homes can add up to a significant problem.

• Look at the labels of the products you purchase. Is there a less hazardous alternative?
• Don’t purchase in bulk. While cheaper, you’ll have to store a hazardous chemical in your home.
• If you have something to be disposed of, check Earth911.com for assistance.
• Be aware of “greenwashing” - the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.

Related Resources
A Healthy Environment Starts At Home: A Guide to Reducing Our Use of Hazardous Products
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Storage and Disposal of Household Pesticides
• Information on Green Washing:


Household Hazardous Waste