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Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are common materials found in the home (cleaners, solvents, paint) that would be classified and regulated as hazardous waste if generated by industries (or colleges, hospitals and research labs). However, HHW is not subject to the same stringent rules as regular hazardous waste and much of it is improperly disposed of or allowed to build up to dangerous levels in homes.
UAB's HHW event will be held on April 11, 2014 between 10 am and 2 pm. It is open only to UAB students, faculty and staff so bring your ID along with your waste. Take this opportunity to rid your home of these dangerous items.
- Paints, and related materials –latex and oil based
- Automotive fluids—used oil, antifreeze, old fuel, transmission fluid, brake fluid
- Acids—muriatic (brick cleaners, concrete cleaners,etc..) and sulfuric (drain cleaners, etc...)
- Bases—Drano, lye, some oven cleaners
- Aerosols—starting fluids, paints, lubricants, cleaners
- Household cleaners—bleach, ammonia, etc...
- Solvents—acetone, mineral spirits, etc...
- Light bulbs
- Explosives of any kind
- Pool chemicals
- Mercury/mercury containing material—thermometers, etc.
EPA resource: Sure, your home is clean... but is it safe for your family?