Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Chart

In an effort to reduce the hazards and improve disposal methods the household hazardous waste disposal chart gives examples on how and where to dispose of common household hazardous materials. This list is not totally inclusive nor can it be considered the end-all, be-all of common household disposal, but it does have recommendations or ideas until a more effective and efficient means of disposal can be established.

Key to Disposal Codes

  • U - Use up according to label directions
  • T - Wrap and discard with other household trash
  • P - Pour down drain slowly with plenty of water
  • S - Save for a household hazardous waste collection program
  • D - Dry out and then discard with other household trash
  • R - Take to a recycling center

Auto Supplies

Product Disposal Code
Alternatives
Antifreeze R / P
None
Car Battery
R Return to manufacturer
Gasoline S Try to use it up
Motor Oil
R Waste collection site

Paint Supplies

Product Disposal Code
Alternatives
Latex Paints
U / D
Waste collection site
Oil Based / Varnish
U / S
n/a
Paint Strip - Methylene Chloride
S Most dangerous
Paint Strip - Sodium Hydroxide
U / S
n/a
Paint Thinner / Mineral Spirit
U / S
Let paint settle / reuse

Household Products

Product Disposal Code
Alternatives
Adhesives / Caulks / Glue
U / D / S
Water based will dry
Asbestos S Encapsulate / not move
Fluorescent / Lamp
S n/a
Household Batteries
R / S
Use rechargeable
Lead Pip
R / S
n/a
Pressure Treated Wood
U / S
Do not burn
Smoke Detectors - Defective
n/a Return to retailer
Wood Preservatives
U / S
n/a

Cleaning Supplies

Product
Disposal Code
Alternatives
Ammonia U / S
n/a
Chloride Bleach
U / S
n/a
Cleaning / Solvents
U / S
n/a
Oven / Drain Cleaner
U / S
Highly caustic
Spot Remover
U / S
n/a

Hobby / Miscellaneous

Product Disposal Code
Alternatives
Artist Paints
U / S
Contain lead
Banned Pesticides
S Very dangerous
Ceramic glaze
T with firing first
Some contain lead
Empty Pesticide Container
S Do not recycle
Legal Poison / Sprays
U / S
n/a
Resins / Epoxy
U n/a
Solvents U / S
Reuse - let solids settle
Unmixed Solids
U Return to retailer
Used Solutions
R Write to Kodak-Pub 152