Household Hazardous Waste


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Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Alternative Cleaning Products Available?
What Is A Household Hazardous Waste (hhw) Collection Day?
Which Products Are Hazardous?
We Have Old Road Flares Are They Hazardous?
I Have A Smoke Detector What Do I Do With It?
I Have An Old Fire Extinguisher What Do I Do With It?
What Is Mercury?
 


What Is A Household Hazardous Waste (hhw) Collection Day?
Leicester holds a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day to collect household hazardous wastes from residents once every 2 years in the fall (2015, 2017, 2019, etc.) Materials are taken from your car, sorted and packed safely for proper disposal for a fee.  See the hazardous recycing web site page for more details.

Which Products Are Hazardous?
Read product labels and look for these signal words: poison, danger, warning or caution. These federally mandated words indicate the degree of immediate hazard posed by the product. Poison means that the product is highly toxic. Generally, danger indicates that a product is extremely hazardous, either because it is poisonous, extremely flammable or corrosive. Warning or caution indicates products that are somewhat less hazardous. Products listing no signal words are usually the least hazardous and those with poison are the most hazardous.

We Have Old Road Flares Are They Hazardous?
The answer is no. Soak then in water then toss in your trash.

I Have A Smoke Detector What Do I Do With It?
Smoke detectors containing the isotope Americium are not hazardous and you can dispose with trash. All others should be brought to your Recycling Center to be handled properly as hazardous.

What Is Mercury?

MERCURY IS A NATURALLY OCCURRING ELEMENT. Found in cinnabar, which is mined from the Earth's crust, mercury is refined and used in the manufacture of many products. In the home it may be found in thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, appliances, dental fillings and pharmaceuticals. It is also present in coal, oil and natural gas. Even though it has many useful qualities, mercury is extremely toxic to our health and environment.

MERCURY CAN CAUSE DAMAGE to the human brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver. It affects the ability to learn, speak, feel, see, taste and move. Mercury in the diets of wildlife can cause early death and inability to reproduce. When items that contain mercury break, breathing the toxic vapors or touching the mercury can cause serious health problems. The largest release of mercury into the environment occurs when fossil fuels (primarily coal) are burned for energy or when products containing mercury are incinerated or buried in landfills that may leak. Mercury becomes airborne, enters our waterways and is consumed by fish.

Bring all mercury containing items to your Leicester Recycling Center immediately for proper recycling!