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A household product that contains hazardous substances becomes Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) once the consumer no longer has a use for it and disposes of it. Hazardous waste from households is not regulated as hazardous waste under federal and Indiana laws, but it is regulated as a solid waste. HHW includes such items as old paint and paint related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, and degreasers and other car care products. Such consumer waste products, if carelessly managed, can create significant environmental and public health hazards. Therefore, careful management of the disposal of HHW is important for all Indiana residents.
Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the regular trash. Residents seeking HHW disposal assistance should contact their local Solid Waste Management Districts.
The Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts (AISWMD) has developed several resources to assist those trying to find their local district.