How to Properly Dispose of Hazardous Chemicals

While you may think hazardous chemicals are something that you, as a consumer, will never have to worry about, you couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, you probably have more than a few hazardous chemicals in your home and/or garage right at this moment. Common cleaning chemicals, swimming pool chemicals, garden chemicals, paints and automotive liquids are just a few of the harmful items that homeowners keep on hand.

Unfortunately, most consumers improperly dispose to this dangerous chemicals by either dumping them down the drain or throwing them in the trash. When you don’t dispose of these hazardous chemicals properly, you are potentially harming the environment as well as putting others – including animals and wildlife – who may come into contact with the chemicals at risk.

Before you can properly dispose of the toxic items, you must first find out what the laws are in your area. Counties across the United States have a wide array of protocols when dealing with hazardous waste. And since every county can be different, you will need to find out the specific regulations and steps you must take when disposing of dangerous waste and hazardous chemicals.

Taking the dangerous chemicals to a company that specializes in hazardous waste disposal in Utah may be your best bet. These companies handle hazardous materials on a daily basis and know how to properly get rid of them. With that said, you will have to pay a fee for the company to dispose of said chemicals. However, many areas will have certain days throughout the year designated at waste disposal days. During these days, you can bring the chemicals to the designated drop off point. These disposal days are generally free of charge. Some areas even have free home pick up service for certain hazardous waste, such as cleaning products, solvents, paints and automotive products.

A generally a good rule of thumb for residents to contact their local waste management faculty to inquire about the proper steps to disposing of dangerous waste. They will be able to tell you what your options are for legally getting rid of toxic chemicals. If you don’t have a local waste management faculty, you can contact the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). The EPA is the agency created by the U.S. federal government and is designed to protect human health and environment.