How to dispose of HHW products properly
In order to protect our health and environment, we must know how to properly use, store and dispose of HHW. Though usually safe when used according to label directions, these products can become dangerous when people are unaware, or forget, that they are handling hazardous products. Hazardous products cause poisonings, severe burns, illness, blindness and even death.
Improper disposal can lead to ground water contamination in a sanitary landfill or injury to sanitation workers who handle the waste. HHW burned in barrels or disposed of in storm sewers contaminates our air, streams and rivers. When HHW is flushed down the drain, publicly-owned treatment plants run the risk of non-compliance with federal or state laws.
To avoid the adverse impact of improper disposal on our environment, please take your HHW to a permanent collection facility serving your city or county. All residents in the Kansas City metro area have access to proper disposal of household hazardous waste products.
Take your household hazardous waste to your local permanent collection center.