Hazardous Household WastesGetting rid of unwanted waste is definitely one of the top priorities of every household. As waste continues to accumulate in our kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, backyards and garages, there is the risk of exposing ourselves to certain chemicals which can bring serious threat to our health as well as to the environment.

When we talk about hazardous household waste, it usually includes certain products such as pool chemicals, oven cleaners, fluorescent lamps, batteries, herbicides, pesticides, mineral turpentine, kerosene, brake fluid and motor oil. These products are not allowed to be part of the regular garbage collection at their disposal. In some occasions, disposing these items can also have legal implications.

Used Motor Oil Disposal

When used oil is collected, it is then cleaned and re-used as boiler fuel. In some oil collection facilities, used oil is reprocessed and turned into lubricating oil. This means that recycling motor oil is so much better than disposing it which can be deemed as unlawful. Some of the unlawful ways to dispose motor oil is by throwing it away into a landfill, storm sewers and down drainage ditches.

Did you know that dumping a single gallon of motor oil into fresh water is enough to foul up to 1,000,000 gallons of our drinking water supply? For this reason, it is therefore advised that we recycle motor oil.

Used Batteries Disposal

There are now a number of waste and recycling centers that recycle batteries such as automobile batteries and dry cell batteries. After processing, the components of automobile batteries (wet-cell batteries) are all separated for the purpose of recycling. These include sulfuric acid, plastic and lead.

Dry cell batteries are sorted and recycled depending on their components. You can find dry cell batteries in items such as cameras, hearing aids, button cells and flashlights

Pesticides and Hazardous Cleaners

When dealing with pesticides and hazardous cleaners, it is best to prevent or simply reduce the use of such materials.

Oil Filters

At the recycling facility, steel is recovered and used for making new steel while both oil and paper are burned for fuel. It is believed that each filter, even when being hot-drained, has the capacity to contain up to 4 ounces of motor oil.

Lamp Wastes

A number of commonly used lamps are said to contain small amounts of mercury and other metals. These would include fluorescent, metal halide, mercury vapor and high-pressure sodium lamps. Upon testing burned-out fluorescent lamps, a high percentage of the lamps showed metal-like toxicity such as mercury in particular.

What You Can Do

If you change the oil in your boat or car yourself, you can reduce the amount of oil that you intend to use by purchasing the manufacturer-recommended quantity and then storing whatever amount is remained until the next use.

When storing hazardous products, make sure that they are contained and labeled correctly and that they are placed in an upright position in a cool and dry area. Avoid storing them anywhere near the following:

  1. children
  2. animals
  3. motors
  4. combustible materials
  5. power points
  6. ignition sources
  7. sources of heat and moisture

To learn more about hazardous household waste and how you can dispose them safely and properly, just call our office at 1300Rubbish by dialling 1300 78 22 47. You can also use our online form and leave your contact details.


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