Rules & Regulations: How to dispose of household hazardous waste

Our homes are a hotbed of toxic chemicals and pharmaceutical waste just a flush or an application away from the water we drink and the air we breathe.If not disposed of properly, household cleaners, cosmetics, medicine, pesticides, herbicides, paint, solvents, motor oil and the containers they come in, along with consumer-electronic components containing a raft of contaminants such as lead, mercury, cadmium, beryllium and flame retardant brominates, will find their way into our environment.A McGill University report published in July 2015 in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry said a study found trace amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and morphine, along with other illicit and prescription drugs, in southern Ontario waterways.Researchers also found certain drugs have made their way into the province’s drinking water, even after going through the purification process at water-treatment facilities.This is why it is so important to safely dispose of household hazardous waste that accumulates in our closets, cupboards, garages, basements and medicine cabinets.Article Continued BelowHousehold hazardous waste, which city crews will not collect along with garbage and recyclables, fall under the four following categories:Corrosive:Car-battery acid, drain cleaners, paint strippers and any substances that will eat away a material and injure skin.Flammable:Lighter fluid, gasoline, turpentine or any liquid or solid substance that can ignite.