Some products we use around our homes contain hazardous ingredients. These include many household cleaners, nail polish remover, motor oil, weed killer, hobby supplies, car batteries, household batteries, fluorescent bulbs, sharps, some electronics and bug sprays.
Hazardous waste in your home?
Can it harm you, your children, pets and the environment?
The answer is YES!
Many household products are made of chemicals that can harm us. If these items are used, stored or disposed of improperly, you, your pets or the environment can be injured.
Hazardous materials dumped on the ground or into the gutter can contaminate soil and the underground water supply — Fresno’s primary source of water. This page provides you with a guide for the disposal of hazardous products.
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events
To protect you, your family, pets and the environment, these products must be used carefully and disposed of properly. Please don’t put HHW products in the trash, on the ground, down the sewer or into the gutter. Save them for a household hazardous waste drop-off event.
The City of Fresno and Fresno County co-sponsor two household hazardous waste drop-off events each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Dates are advertised in the Fresno Bee. To find out about the next event dates, call Fresno County, 262-4259 or Visit the Website.
(See our disposal guide below)
How can you tell if a product is hazardous ?
Check the label on the container for key words:
Things to keep in mind:
Purchase only what you need. Buy small amounts, check the label for the above key words and avoid purchasing hazardous products
Read and follow label directions carefully. When you must use a hazardous substance, apply only as directed and only as much as is needed.
Wear protective clothing such as safety glasses and gloves in well-ventilated areas.
Store hazardous products in the original containers, in a cool dry place, away from children, pets and food. Check for leaks. Do not mix products or store products together that may be incompatible. This may cause toxic themical reactions such as: explosions, fires, skin and eye irritations. Do not store hazardous products for more than one year from date of purchase.
Keep the number of the Poison Control Center visible and posted near the telephone in case of emergency. 1(800) 222-1222 You can also visit their website.
Some important terms:
Explosive – Can catch fire, explode or give off dangerous fumes when exposed to water or air.
Reactive – Unstable chemicals that may react spontaneously with flammables, water, or other chemicals – may by explosive.
Poisonous / Toxic – May cause injury or death when inhaled (breathing), ingested (eating or drinking), or absorbed through the skin (touching).
Corrosive – Can “eat through” clothes, metal, etc. and severely burn skin.
Flammable – Can catch on fire.
All items listed (except weapons) can be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Event. For information and dates call 262-4259 or visit the Fresno County Website regarding these events.
All starred (*) items can be dried out outside, away from kids and pets, then placed in the gray trash container.
These items are Corrosive & Toxic – Do Not Mix with Other Substances
- Ammonia-based products
- Bathroom/Kitchen cleaners
- Car Wax (solvents)
- Chlorine cleaners
- Drain Openers
- Glass cleaners
- Pool Chemicals
- Oven cleaners
These items are Explosive – Take to the Police or Sheriff’s Department
These items are Flammable
- Aerosol sprays
- Disinfecting sprays
- Deodorant sprays
These items are Flammable, Corrosive & Toxic
- Driveway Sealants
- Roofing Tar*
- Rug & Upholstery Cleaner*
- Rust Remover*
These items are Flammable & Toxic
- Copper Polish*
- Diesel Fuel
- Floor polish*
- Furniture polish*
- Motor Oil
- Nail Polish Remover*
- Oil-Based Paint
- Shoe polish*
- Silver polish*
- Spot Remover*
- Transmission Fluid
- Wood Preservatives
These items are Toxic
- Artist/Model Paint* (leftover paint must be taken to HHW event but a completely empty, dried out container can be placed in the blue cart)
- Batteries(radios, toys, etc)
- Car Batteries
- Fluorescent Bulbs
- Mercury (please click here for more information)
- Latex Paint* (leftover paint should be soaked up with kitty litter and placed in the gray cart but the empty, dried out container can be placed in the blue cart)
- Oil Based Paint (leftover paint must be taken to HHW event but a completely empty, dried out container can be placed in the blue cart)
- Scouring Powder
- Water-Based Paint* (leftover paint should be soaked up with kitty litter and placed in the gray cart but the empty, dried out container can be placed in the blue cart)
- Weed Killer
- Here’s How to Safely Dispose of Nail Polish (bellasugar.com)
- Hazards In Your House (monicaricci.typepad.com)
Reduce – Buy wisely and buy less. Reduce the amount of products you buy.
Reuse – Give your recyclable items a second chance. Reuse whatever you can and donate good used items to a church or favorite charity.
Recycle – Buy products that are recycled or that can be recycled. Recycle everything you can.
* All Paper
Including books, junk mail, envelopes, newspaper, inserts, telephone books, magazines, catalogs, flattened paper milk cartons, juice boxes, office paper including computer, copy & ledger paper, construction paper & manila folders, paper bags and packaging.
* All Cardboard
Including flattened cereal & other dry food boxes.
* All Plastic (except Styrofoam)
click here for more info on plastic
Including milk & juice containers, shrink & bubble wrap,
plastic grocery bags, & plastic toys.
“Please empty and remove caps”
* ALL Metal
Including aluminum cans, tin/steel cans,
empty paint & aerosol cans, lawn chair frames, metal frames, all steel items (remember all items must fit loosely in your cart).
* Small Appliances
Including transistor radios, blow-dryers, curling irons,
small microwave ovens, coffee pots, toaster ovens, small power tools (batteries removed).
* Glass (empty)
Including all container glass, jars, and bottles.
“No sheet glass, windows, ceramic glass, or mirrors.”
These items do not go in the recycling area.
* Trash, diapers, rubber hoses, carpets, clothing, styrofoam, soiled paper
* Yard clippings, fruit (place in your green cart)
* Motor oil / filters (please see the Used Motor Oil page for more information on Recycling)
* Toxic materials (See Household Hazardous Waste above)
Please visit our Contamination page for more information.
- Resolutions You Can Keep (health4earth.com)
- Going Green? (quietbuck.wordpress.com)
- 15 things not allowed in Saskatoon recycling bins (cbc.ca)
- The Changing Culture of Disposability (makewealthhistory.org)