Household Hazardous Wastes
Information on Household Hazardous Wastes - So We Can Be Responsible Citizens
The following information on household hazardous wastes is provided to help us understand what household hazardous wastes are and how we can help preserve our environment by using the proper disposal method for them. Our actions today will make a difference for our children and grand children. The following list of household products should be managed as hazardous wastes:
- Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and animal care products - There are lots of banned and restricted pesticides residing in sheds, garages and under kitchen sinks. They contain heavy metals and can be highly toxic.
- Herbicides and wood preservatives - They can contain dioxins and are toxic.
- Fluorescent lamps (bulbs) and other mercury containing devices - Including switches, thermometers, thermostats and ballasts.
- Rechargeable and button batteries - May contain nickel, cadmium, mercury or lithium.
- Chemistry set and photographic hobby chemicals - Chemicals may be unstable and photo developers and fixers are corrosive.
- Pool chemicals and ammonium nitrate fertilizers - Contain oxidizers and can cause an unstable reaction or explosion if mixed with other substances.
- Paints containing lead or containing mercury for fungicide control and paint products such as strippers, rust paints, stains and finishes - These may be flammable and toxic and may contain methylene chloride, toluene, petroleum distillates, and halogenated hydrocarbons.
- Corrosives and caustics - Such as battery acid, rust remover, drain cleaner and quick lime can cause severe skin damage and blindness.
- Flammables - Oil based paints, aerosols, fuel and automotive fluids.
- Any very old products - Many of these wastes have been stored for up to 50 years and contain banned or restricted chemicals. Examples are lead arsenate, cyanide, strychnine and DDT.
These household hazardous wastes (residential only) should be disposed at the Bay County Steelfield Landfill at:
11411 Landfill Road
West Bay, FL 32413
The landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The County offers this service to City residents at no charge. Information about household hazardous wastes and the County Solid Waste Program can be found at the Bay County Solid Waste Management website.
If you have questions or want to know if a household product should be managed as a household hazardous waste call the Department of Public Works at 805-265-5989.