What is household hazardous waste?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers leftover household products as hazardous wastes, such as:

  • Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Gasoline
  • Miscellaneous chemicals
  • Oils
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum products

These wastes can catch fire, react or explode under certain circumstances, and can be corrosive or toxic; therefore, they need to be disposed of properly - not down the drain!

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1. How do I contact the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority?
2. What is the area serviced?
3. Which items should not be flushed down the toilet?
4. What should businesses know about wastewater?
5. How do I request a tour?
6. What is the Fat, Oil & Grease (FOG) Program?
7. What is household hazardous waste?
8. What should you do with your household hazardous waste?