#HappyLife: Do you know how to properly dispose of pesticides and bathroom cleaners?

As you start cleaning your garage, your shed, and begin special outdoor projects, hazardous waste managers want to remind you to dispose of dangerous materials properly.

Did you know bleach cleaner and batteries are considered household hazardous waste and should never be thrown in to your trash bags and garbage cans for curbside pick-ups? They might seem safe, but mix them with other chemicals and it could mean tragic results, like a fire or toxic gas cloud.

The Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System said most folks don’t realize products labeled “dangerous,” “warning” or “caution,” need to be taken to them for proper disposal.

Other items include:
-Automotive products (antifreeze, oil, gasoline)
-Light bulbs
-Paints (except latex and water-based)
-Cleaning products

The best way to get rid of them safely is by bringing them in leak-proof containers to local transfer stations. It’s free to do except for commercial businesses! Just know, you will not get your containers back.

For sharp objects, protocol is a bit different.

“We want to make sure sharps are not thrown out in the garbage and when they are brought to our household hazardous waste area, you bring them in a puncture-proof container like metal or thick plastic like a detergent bottle. Milk jugs and pop bottles are not thick enough,” explained Regional Solid Waste Manager for Spokane County, Deb Geiger.

If you are ever unsure if something is considered hazardous, call 509- 477-6800; they will work with you to figure out the best kind of disposal for your goods.

For locations to dispose of household hazardous waste, click here.

To learn more about what is considered household hazardous waste, click here.

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