Watch Out for Hazardous Waste

Did you know…throwing out dangerous waste always puts people at risk? Hazardous chemicals in waste can be freed into the environment and pollute our air and water, and even our food. We encourage everyone to stop and think about what they’re tossing and make sure they’re not putting others in danger.

Hazardous waste is easy to identify and usually involves corrosive products that can burn the skin, give off toxic gas or can be ignited. Good examples of these products include:

From your house:
• Oven cleaners, electronic equipment, dyes, pesticides, acids, bleach and auto batteries.
• Floor care products, light bulbs, furniture polish, medicine, scouring powders, syringes.
• Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, toilet cleaners.
• Chlorine, and other pool chemicals.
• Paint thinners, spot and stain removers, aerosols, motor oil, ammunition, bug sprays and antifreeze.

From your garage:
• Alcohols, creosote, glues, mineral spirits, Naptha, Polyurethane coatings, rust remover, turpentine, wood stain and preservatives, oil, primer and latex paint.

From your garden:
• Algaecides, Fertilizer, Fungicides, Garden Dusts and Spays, Herbicides, Insecticides and pesticides, weed killer.
• Rat and rodent poison, fly strips, ant and roach spray, bug sprays, sticks and creams.

We suggest keeping these items out of the trash by taking them somewhere to be recycled or safely disposed of such as the MET’s Household Pollutant Collection event this month, March 28-29 at the Fairgrounds. The event is free of charge and open to all Tulsa residents for dropping off most household pollutants and other residentially generated materials.

Remember, the key is doing what’s right for the planet and for one another. Hazardous waste is never friendly to a community and the better informed we are about it, the better off we will all be.