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Some things don’t belong in the trash

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any substance containing ingredients that have a reasonably anticipated outcome of negatively affecting your safety, health or harming the environment. Typically, HHW is identified with labels like Poison, Danger, Warning Caution, Toxic, Reactive, Flammable, Corrosive, Explosive, or Irritant.  

Waste Latex paint at HPCCIt is estimated by the EPA that Americans generate 1.6 million pounds of HHW per year. The average home can have up to 100 pounds of HHW stored in sheds, garages and under sinks. When HHW is poured down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or just placed in the trash the dangers are sometimes not immediate or sometimes they are with a violent chemical reaction and sometimes even a resulting fire. When certain chemicals are poured down the drain they impact the wastewater treatment systems resulting in improper or incomplete treatment. Chemicals placed in the trash can effect municipal lakes and even long term groundwater supplies. Most people have experienced a leaking container of something, which can be a hazard to children and pets.

The HPCC can take products such as wood stains, bleach, antifreeze, insecticides, paint, herbicides, drain cleaners and much more.

To avoid any negative impacts, the City of Tempe, HPCC is open every Friday from 7am to 12pm and Saturday from 7am to 1pm, no appointment necessary. Do not take a chance, drop off is easy and typically takes less than two-minutes. For more information contact (480) 858-2223 or email HPCC (householdhazwaste@tempe.gov).