What Is It?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are those wastes produced in our households that include items such as old paints and paint related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, degreasers and other car care products. Such consumer waste products, if carelessly managed can, and frequently do, create environmental and public health hazards.
How Should It Be Managed?
- The best method of managing Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is to prevent its generation in the first place. This involves selecting the least toxic item "to do the job" and buying only the minimum amounts necessary. Buying in large quantities is not a bargain if half of it has to be discarded.
- If the material is still useable (i.e. has not been damaged/shelf life expired, etc.) check with friends and neighbors to see if they might be able to use it.
- If the material is not useable and/or if such "outlets" are not available, it should be taken to your community's HHW Collection Program. Such programs will ensure that your HHW is recycled or, otherwise, managed in an environmentally preferable way, under the hazardous waste provisions of the law.
Solid Waste Member City Collection Programs
To view the City of Allen HHW collection programs - click here
To view the City of Frisco HHW collection programs - click here
To view the City of McKinney HHW collection programs - click here
To view the City of Plano HHW collection programs - click here
To view the City of Richardson HHW collection programs - click here
4. If you have used motor oil, take it to a used oil collection site such as a NTMWD Citizen Convenience Center. For more info, visit the Citizen Center or Motor Oil Recycling.
Useful links for HHW
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Environmental Protection Agency