Dispose of your hazardous waste
Incorrect disposal of any hazardous waste can cause a real problem to our community’s health and the environment.
Hazardous waste is waste that has properties that make it hazardous or potentially harmful to human health and/or the environment.
Hazardous waste comes from many sources, including households. It can also come in many forms including liquids, gases and solids. Hazardous waste can be grouped into three broad types:
1. Low Toxicity Hazardous Waste: includes items commonly used and found around the household that, if disposed of incorrectly, will have an effect on human health and the environment.
2. High Toxicity Hazardous Waste: is waste with properties that if disposed of incorrectly would have a significant effect on human health and the environment. This waste generally needs to be collected and stored under the supervision of specialist staff to ensure that the hazards they present are properly managed.
Examples of some of these items are listed below:
|Low Toxicity||High Toxicity|
|Household and car batteries||Poisons|
|Gas bottles||Pool chemicals|
|Engine and other oils||Hobby chemicals|
|Paint and paint tins||Household cleaners and solvents|
|Smoke detectors||Pesticides and herbicides|
|Fluoro globes and tubes||Acid and Alkaline|
|Fire extinguishers||Unknown chemicals|