Managing & Reducing Household Hazardous Waste


  • Consider using environmentally friendly household products that do not contain hazardous waste.
  • For painting projects, measure the size of your area and use an online calculator to determine how many gallons you should purchase.
  • Purchase only the amount that you need for the job.


  • Cover the top with plastic wrap.
  • Cover with lid.
  • Left over paint can be reused.
  • Properly clean the rim.
  • Store paint upside down, to create a strong seal.Ask your neighbors if they need it.

Hazardous Waste Alternatives

  • Coffee Cup Stain Remover: Use moist salt
  • Drain Cleaner: plunger, follow with baking soda and vinegar, let sit 15 minutes then pour 2 quarts boiling water
  • General Cleaner: 1 teaspoon liquid soap plus 1 teaspoon Borax plus 1 squeeze lemon in 2 quarts warm water
  • Glass Cleaner: 2 Tablespoon vinegar to 1 quart water
  • Hand Cleaner: Baby Oil
  • Mosquito Repellent: Burn Citronella oil/candles
  • Tile Cleaner: Baking Soda
  • Spot Remover: Club Soda, lemon juice or salt