If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know we are trying to sell our home. In preparation for an eventual move we have been cleaning out and decluttering. As we cleaned out the garage we collected various cans of old paint, varnish, paint thinners etc. The question was how do we go about recycling hazardous waste?
In our area there are only certain days where you can recycle hazardous waste. After checking the calendar we discovered there was actually a collection date coming up, the perfect chance to recycle our hazardous waste.
You might wonder what sort of thins are considered hazardous waste? Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are common household products that exhibit the characteristics of hazardous waste. As a result, these products may be harmful to human health and/or the environment. Many of these products are very common and are usually purchased from local hardware, automotive, and grocery stores. These products can be used and found in our houses, in our garages, on our lawns, and in our gardens. Because these products are so common and easy to purchase, many people forget that these products can be extremely harmful to their health or the environment.
You may not even know that you have hazardous waste in your home or garage. We went through our entire house and the garage and came up with four boxes of hazardous waste! We collected cleaners, solvents, oil-based paint, varnish, stain, basically anything that had labels that say: Caustic, Caution, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Toxic or Warning.
Dropping off the items at the local collection point was quite easy. We had to identify which town we came from and then various volunteers removed the items from our car.
We were also given a packet of information, which included a booklet on non-toxic household cleaners. Various recipes for your laundry, bathroom and cleaning the kitchen were included.. They even included an all-purpose cleaner recipe on a magnet so you can put it on your refrigerator and always have it handy. I’ve been making my own all-purpose cleaner for years but I was so encouraged that Vermont is encouraging others to do the same. Lets’ cut back on hazardous waste and use recipes for household cleaners that are safe for our homes and the environment.
Have you ever recycled hazardous waste? How is it handled in your community?