What is Hazardous Waste?

Rachel Revoy
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What is Hazardous waste?

Imagine this. You’re cleaning out your garage and want to clear off those shelves… but you debate whether or not some items can go straight into the landfill.  You don’t want to risk harming the environment or anyone handling the waste. 

Don’t worry — we understand how confusing it can be! 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous waste is defined as waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment.

Hazardous waste can be:

  1. Liquids 
  2. Solids
  3. Gases
  4. Sludges 

Why can’t I put hazardous waste in my dumpster?

If hazardous waste is not disposed of properly, it can negatively affect the environment. Without proper disposable, the risk for leaks, spills and fires increase…including contaminating drinking water (YIKES!).  Here are some safe places to dispose of your household hazardous waste.

Below is a list of items not allowed in 5280’s dumpsters:

When working in your garage: Antifreeze, Auto Body Filler, Batteries, Brake Fluid, Car Cleaners, Waxes, Caburetor Fluid, Diesel Fuel, Engine Degreaser Gasoline, Oil, Oil Filters, Power Steering Fluid, Radiator Flushes, Tires, Transmission Fluid

Items you find in the house: Abrasive Cleaners, Aerosols, Aerosol Cans, Ammonia-Based Cleaners, Asbestos Roofing Tar, Batteries, Bleach Cleaners, Compact Fluorescent Lights, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Cosmetics, Degreasers, Deotorizers, Disinfectants, Drain Openers, Floor Cleaners or Wax, Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts, Furniture Polish, Kerosene or Lamp Oil, Laundry Products, Mercury Switches, Metal Cleaners, Moth Balls, Nail Polish or Remover, Oven Cleaner, Pool Chemicals, Propane Tanks (full or empty), Rug or Upholstry Cleaner, Rust or Spot Remover, Silver Cleaners, Thermometers,  and Thermostats

Pet, Hobby and Paint Items: Adhesives, Caulks, Glues, Cements, Chemistry Sets, Driveway Sealers, Flea Collars, Flea Powder, Sprays or Shampoo, Helium Tanks, Lacquer or Stain, Mineral Spirits, Model Airplane Paint, Paint (Latex or Oil Based), Paint Remover or Stripper, Paint Thinners, Photographic Chemicals or Solutions, Resins, Fiberglass, or Epoxy, Rubber Cement Thinner, Rust Proofing Products, Turpentine, Varnishes, and Wood Preservatives

Free paint drop off here.

Items from the Garden: Fertilizers, Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides, Pesticides, Roach or Ant Killers, Rodent Poisons, Soil Fumigants, and Weed Killers

Let’s keep our homes and waste management staff safe! If you are ever questioning what you are allowed to put into your dumpster… don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 720 884 0300!

For a version of our list that you can download and print, click here.

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