Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

What is household hazardous waste (chemicals) or HHW? Most people unknowingly have a number of hazardous wastes (chemicals) stored in their homes: in basements and garages, under kitchen and bathroom sinks, and in tool sheds.  Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household chemicals.”
Items such as

  • automotive fluids (antifreeze and motor oil)
  • Category 1 liquids (oil based paints, solvents, thinners, stains, gasoline) etc.
  • Pesticides and herbicides

DO NOT pour HHW into sinks or toilets, down storm drains or on the ground. These chemicals can end up in local waterways and drinking water.
The CVWMA Recycling Wizard is an easy tool to use when seeking out places in your locality to properly dispose of hazardous chemicals in your home such as kerosene, fuel oil, oil based paints, degreasers, etc.
Other resources for more information include:
VA Department of Environmental Quality- HHW
US EPA – Household Hazardous Waste