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Have you ever read the labels of the products you use at your home?Many products say “Danger” or “Warning” or “Caution”.They can be harmful to humans through different kinds of exposure.While these products, such as pesticides, paints, and certain types of cleaners make your home look good, they can be dangerous to human and environmental health through different types of exposure.
The EPAdefines “household hazardous waste” as leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. These items should not be disposed of with regular household garbage.The Superior Municipal Landfill bans hazardous waste.Chemicals from hazardous waste can leach out of the landfill and into groundwater supplies.You also should not dump liquid hazardous waste down drains in your home or storm drains.Superior residents can bring household hazardous wastes to the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) Household Hazardous Waste Facility.WLSSD also has a Project Reuse Center where you can pick up leftovers from other residents’ projects that they’ve dropped off at WLSSD.This is a great way to reduce waste and save money!
In addition to correct disposal of household hazardous waste, more and more environmentally friendly products come onto the market every day.For example, there are many widely available “green cleaning” brands (Method, Seventh Generation, etc).Even traditional cleaning product manufacturers are creating brands with fewer harsh chemicals.Another option for cleaning products is to use common alternatives like vinegar and lemon juice to clean your home (see a guide here).
While it would be impossible to limit all hazardous waste from your home, swapping out toxic products with made from non-toxic materials can keep your family and the environment healthier.