Household HAZARDOUS Waste
Some leftover or used household products contain chemicals that can present safety concerns if not managed properly. These products are often called household hazardous waste (HHW) and can include items like:
- Corrosive cleaners (such as drain cleaner and lye-based oven cleaner)
- Fluorescent light bulbs (including CFLs)
- Fuels (gasoline, propane, diesel)
- Paints (oil-based or some anti-mildew latex)
- Pool chlorine and acid
- Wood stains or varnishes
If generated by a household, these materials are not required to be handled as hazardous waste and can often be placed in your regular trash.
*Paint, once completely dried, can be throw out with normal household trash. For large quantities, consider donating or adding cat litter to help dry out. For cleaners and pesticides, it is best if placing in the trash that they are kept separated by placing them in different plastic bags. However, residents often seek to dispose of their HHW in a more protective manner (https://www.tceq.texas.gov/p2/hhw)
The City of Kerrville holds an annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection. For the 2019 Fiscal Year, it is tentatively scheduled for April 25, 2020. Details coming soon.
Listed below are a few reminders for the HHW event:
- HHW drop off is for residents only and not intended for commercial businesses;
- All HHW items must be in containers not greater than 5 gallons;
Prohibited items include
- CRT computer monitors,
- radioactive material,
- gas cylinders,
- new or used motor oil;
Accepted items include
- yard fungicides and herbicides,
- pool chemicals,
- latex and oil-based paints,
- paint thinners and removers,
- fluorescent bulbs,
- propane tanks with less than a 50 lb. capacity and
- automotive tires will be limited to eight (8).
To protect both yourself and the workers who accept your HHW at a collection site, follow some basic guidelines and tips for storage, transportation, and care of your material:
- Keep products in their original container and make sure labels are readable. This ensures you know which products you have and so do the workers who accept and sort your HHW.
- Store and transport your chemicals upright, not on their sides. Make sure if you are taking HHW to a facility or event, that you have secured it in your vehicle and it is not leaking – it can be dangerous if leaking containers of incompatible chemicals mix.
- NEVER mix products together. This can be dangerous, even deadly.
- Keep chemicals in a cool, dry place out of reach of children and pets.