household hazardous wasteAs you complete your ‘Spring Clearing’ this year, be sure to safely dispose of any hazardous household wastes.

The following guidelines are reproduced from the www.makethedrop.ca website.

Solvents:

Ventilate work areas, storage spaces and vehicles when transporting solvents. Don’t mix solvents, and don’t fill containers full – solvents need room to expand. Store in a sealed, labeled container away from flames, sparks and heat sources Transport in the trunk of a vehicle if possible, but don’t store them there.

Antifreeze:

Store waste antifreeze in seal-able containers that aren’t damaged or leaking. Protect these from the weather and physical damage in a secure area. Waste antifreeze should NEVER be stored with food or in used food containers such as bottles or cans.

Gas cylinders:

Keep cylinders at least 6 m (20 ft.) from flammable materials such as paint, oil or solvents. Store cylinders in a dry, well-ventilated area, away from heat or ignition sources. Make sure valves are closed and protection caps are in place. Secure cylinders, whether full or empty, upright to prevent them from falling and ensure that all are marked clearly. Protect cylinders from extremes of weather, such as ice, snow and direct sunlight and store away from elevators, stairs, doorways and aisles.

Pesticides:

Transport pesticide containers separately from food or drink or other household materials. Secure all pesticide containers to avoid spillage and to prevent them from moving and being punctured or broken. Do not transport pesticides in the passenger compartment of any vehicle and NEVER transport pesticides along with food, feed, fertilizer, clothing or consumer goods.

Batteries:

Waste batteries that have not been fully discharged can still generate and conduct electricity. Contact with other electricity conductors, such as metal or other batteries, could accidentally result in the completion of a charged electric circuit, and could cause a fire. If you are storing waste batteries at home, keep them in a metal container in a dry location. If the waste battery is not fully discharged, or if the battery shows signs of corrosion, either wrap each individual battery in a plastic bag or cover both battery terminals with tape.

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