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Household Hazardous Waste Products   

Everyday, Americans clean and maintain their homes. It is during this process that many people are exposed to hazardous chemicals without even realizing it. These products are easily purchased and commonly used around the home, and therefore their hazardous characteristics are often overlooked. Examples of these products include household disinfectants, toilet bowl cleaners, floor cleaners, and products used in painting and renovation projects like paints, stains, thinners and solvents. Common household batteries are sources of heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury (which are persistent and bioaccumulative toxics in the environment and in humans).

The best way to deal with HHW is to avoid using hazardous products whenever possible by choosing non-hazardous and nontoxic alternatives.  If you must deal with HHW, handle it properly with care to minimize the dangers and adverse effects on you, your home environment, and the natural environment. 

To find more information on products containing hazardous elements, select a product type from the alphabetical gallery below:

Antifreeze & Glycols
(White Goods)
Auto ProductsAuto Products (miscellaneous) Household BatteryHousehold Batteries Lead-Acid Battery 
Lead-Acid Batteries
BulbsBulbs (CFLs, lamps, etc.)
CleanersHousehold Cleaners ElectronicsElectronics FertilizersFertilizers GasolineGasoline Mercury-Added ProductsMercury-Added Products (thermostats, thermometers, etc.) OilOil (used oil, oil filters, etc.)
PaintPaint PesticidesPesticides PharmeceuticalsPharmaceuticals Propane CylindersPropane Cylinders Smoke DetectorsSmoke Detectors TiresTires

Medical Wastes

Medical waste, which includes sharps and syringes, is not classified as HHW.  However, special precautions should be taken to ensure safe handling of medical waste.

Residents with medical wastes should take the following precautions:

  • Sharps should be placed in a hard plastic, opaque container, such as a detergent bottle.
  • Containers may be placed in the regular house hold trash
  • All other medical waste, such as bandages, dressings, etc should be placed in a separate container and disposed of in the regular house hold trash.

Businesses & Institutions with medical waste need to have additional procedures. Waste generated in the medical industry consists of a wide variety of materials.  Although a vast majority is considered regular solid waste, a small percentage of the waste requires special handling and treatment prior to disposal in order to protect public health, safety, and the environment. For more information on regulated medical waste, review Vermont’s Regulated Medical Waste Procedure (PDF)

Business and institutions that need assistance may contact Deb Bordo at Debra.Bordo@state.vt.us or 802-522-5974.

Where can I take my HHW?

Contact your local solid waste management entity to find out when special HHW collection events are happening in your area, or where there is a permanent collection facility near you. >> Find your solid waste management entity

Towns and solid waste districts hold hazardous waste collection at least twice per year in the spring and fall. Many common household hazardous wastes can be disposed of at these events. Effective as of June 18, 2014, solid waste management entities are required to host at least four HHW events per year, unless a permanent HHW collection facility exists in a member town.

Resources for Businesses with Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Management Program - Department of Environmental Conservation

VT Conditionally Exempt Generator (CEG) Online Course - Environmental Assistance Office




Mia Roethlein


Waste Management & Prevention Division, Solid Waste Program

Department of Environmental Conservation

1 National Life Drive, Davis 1, Montpelier, VT 05620-3704



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