Household Hazmat

What You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe

Although a part of our quotidian lives, many standard products kept in and around the home contain hazardous materials, such as heavy metals or chemicals known to be toxic, destructive, or flammable. Storing and disposing of them with care can benefit limit exposure to these substances-which is more potent for people, pets, and our environment.

CFLs should always be managed lightly and recycled, as they release mercury vapor into the air if broken. Some significant home and hardware retailers offer in-store collections to make recycling more convenient.

When batteries are incinerated or left in landfills, metal can pollute the air or leach into the soil or water supply. Several states have regulations in place that mandate the recycling of certain types of batteries. The EPA recommends using rechargeable options when feasible and recycling all power cells.

Do not throw used batteries or CFLs in the trash. To prevent toxins from releasing into the air, soil, or water, contact your local public works department or go to for disposal information.

Source: 2011 Buffini & Company.

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