What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)? – On the House

What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?

By on January 12, 2019

If You Are Cleaning Out The Garage Or Closets What Do You Throw Away And How?

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are the leftover or unused portions of chemicals and products used to clean and maintain your home.  These materials are often labeled CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER, POISON, TOXIC, FLAMMABLE, or CORROSIVE.

For safety and environmental reasons, it is illegal to dispose of HHW in the garbage, sewers, or storm drains.

Did you know things that may seem harmless are considered hazardous waste! How about kids shows with flashing lights? Yes, that’s right! They are toxic waste! 


Home & Garden Products Automotive Care Products Paint & Paint Related Products Personal 
Care Products
  • Liquid cleaners
  • Aerosols
  • Drain openers
  • Solvents
  • Grouts
  • Cements
  • Caulking
  • Sealants
  • Adhesives
  • Lighter fluid
  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Herbicides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fertilizers
  • Oil
  • Oil Filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Car Wax
  • Car Polish
  • Car Batteries
  • Degreasers
  • Solvents
  • Wheel Cleaners
  • Road Flares
  • Latex paint
  • Oil based paint
  • Stains
  • Varnishes
  • Glazes
  • Waxes
  • Wood oils
  • Paint thinner
  • Epoxy resins
  • Wall paper products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Hair care products
  • Lotions
  • Soaps
  • Cosmetics
  • Nail polish remover
  • Perfumes
  • Colognes
  • Insect Repellent

These items are considered not acceptable garbage, recycling or hazardous waste and take special handling:



Medical Waste

Radioactive materials

Rail Ties

Treated wood


The moral to our story is; if you are in doubt about disposing of a material call your local garbage removal company.

Source: https://www.deltadiablo.org/services/hhw

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