Many common household chemicals and
electronics can become a hazard when they are improperly stored or thrown
away, and are unsafe to place out for collection with your
regular household refuse. Due to the unique contents found in
items such as chemicals, televisions and computer monitors it is unsafe to
dispose of chemicals and electronics at the McKay Bay refuse to Energy Facility.
Guidance on proper disposal methods for chemicals and electronics is provided
through the Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management, Office
of Environmental Coordination. For more information, please call (813) 348-1157.
accepted at the Household Chemical Collection event include:
- Paints and solvents
- Used motor oil
- Automotive products
- Pool chemicals
- Mercury containing devices, such
as fluorescent light bulbs & thermometers
- Lawn, garden and household
- Electronics, including computer
monitors, printers, CPU's, keyboards, and televisions
- No Explosives, radioactive or
bio-medical wastes are accepted.
Many common household materials can create real danger in homes when
forgotten or improperly managed and disposed. Household hazardous
materials can also pose a risk to children and pets, threaten public
safety and solid waste workers, and contribute to environmental
degradation. Household chemical and electronics collections provide
residential customers a safe means of disposing of unwanted home
generated chemicals and electronics in an environmentally responsible
A substance is hazardous if it is:
Toxic...either directly or indirectly poisonous to living things.
Ignitable...capable of catching fire.
Corrosive...capable of chemically eroding another substance such
as cloth, metal, or skin.
Reactive...capable of involvement in a chemical interaction or
Carcinogenic...capable of causing cancer.
Household hazardous wastes commonly include:
- Brake fluid
- Car wax
- Diesel fuel
- Drain cleaner
- Dry cleaning solvents
- Fiberglass epoxy
- Floor wax
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Fuel oil
- Furniture polish
- Mercury thermometers
- Mercury switches
- Motor oil
- Paint thinners
- Photographic chemicals
- Pool chemicals
- Propane tanks
- Rat poison
- Wood preservatives
Why use a household chemical collection?
Improperly managed and disposed household hazardous
waste can pose a fire or safety hazard in the home, especially dangerous
to children and pets. Improper disposal can be a threat to public
safety, harm wildlife and the environment. Disposal with household trash
can endanger solid waste employees and equipment, and also contribute to
air, groundwater and surface water pollution.
What does a chemical
collection do with household hazardous waste?
Depending on the characteristics of the material, it is
recycled, treated, or disposed in facilities approved of and permitted
by the Environmental Protection Agency.
How to safely transport
materials to a household chemical collection.
Do not load your vehicle with materials until you are
ready to go to the collection.
Place materials in the trunk or rear of vehicle, on the floor, if
Put materials in sturdy disposable boxes, lined with kitty litter or
crumpled newspapers to absorb any leaks or spills.
Drive with an open window, to improve ventilation.
Leave chemicals in their original containers, or label those that are
Avoid mixing materials.
If containers are leaking, call in advance for packing advice.
Tampa's and Hillsborough
County's household chemical collections exclude commercial, radioactive,
bio-medical, and explosive wastes. How should these wastes be disposed?
-- Contact a hazardous waste
contractor, listed in the yellow pages under "Waste Reduction, Disposal
& Recycling Service."
-- Return old smoke detectors to the
manufacturer. For other radioactive wastes, contact the Florida
Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control.
-- For home generated needles and syringes, call
the Hillsborough County Health Department at (813) 307- 8059.
-- Contact a local law enforcement agency.
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