How to Safely Dispose of Hazardous Waste in Connecticut Homes
Maintaining a clean home is a number-one priority for residents to who want to keep their families away from potential harm caused by disease-causing germs and bacteria. However, there are things, probably hidden in the basement, stashed in the garage, or placed under the sinks that are far more dangerous than microbes.
Automotive oils, old engine batteries, and gasoline are some of the most common hazardous waste in Connecticut homes. These are items that, when improperly disposed of, might pose a risk to the environment, wildlife, or human health. Hazardous chemicals have the potential to cause violent chemical reactions and can be dangerously corrosive. Unlike plastic or metal recycling, hazardous wastes are not suitable for simple or single-stream recycling. This is why proper waste management is an important concern. Some of the ways to ensure proper handling of this hazardous waste in Connecticut include the following:
Automotive Oil/Machine Oil
Recycle automotive oil by emptying the container and pouring the contents into another clean container, and seal with a tight lid. Take note that even dirty oil is recyclable. The process is easy and takes little time. All insoluble machine oils are suitable for recycling. This includes crankcase oil, hydraulic oil, transmission fluids, and lubricants.
Likewise, antifreeze is acceptable for recycling. Seal it in a clean container with a tight lid. Waste removal companies, auto supply stores, or service centers generally accept used antifreeze. Remember that antifreeze is a poisonous chemical. Its sweet taste can be appealing to children and animals.
Car batteries contain harmful acids that can burn the skin. These also contain lead, which is highly poisonous in significant quantities. Don’t throw away old engine batteries because these can be exchanged for new batteries. Ask the nearest automotive supply store if they would accept a trade. Hazardous waste collection programs often collect old batteries, as well.
You can often make use of contaminated gasoline by removing the solid contaminants and adding clean gasoline. A ratio of one part contaminated, and five parts clean gasoline will work on small engines.
Hazardous waste disposal eliminates the need for disposing of harmful chemicals, but proper storage is needed for recycled hazardous waste. Keep the containers tightly sealed, and store where children can’t find or reach these. Most of these chemicals are highly flammable so make sure to store them at room temperature.
- Hazardous waste in Connecticut is a potential risk to humans, wildlife, and the environment if not properly disposed of.
- Automotive oil/machine oil, antifreeze, car batteries, and contaminated gasoline are some of the most common hazardous waste found at home that should be properly disposed of to prevent danger.
- Automotive shops, auto supply dealers, and hazardous waste programs in the state generally accept hazardous waste for recycling.
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