Thursday, March 22, 2007

Household Hazardous Waste..What are they and how to dispose of them Safely

Today, March 22, got hold of the City Circular titled WASTE WATCH and it again reminds All City Residents of proper disposal of all different categories of waste properly and this time it focuses on Household Hazardous Waste.

We all know that our environment is deteriorating badly more than we want. Our water supply are becoming not only scarce, but in some instances and in some specific locations become Unsafe for consumption.

We may already know that household hazardous waste includes items such as pesticides, engine oil, batteries and electronics devices. But it’s what we may not know that can hurt our environment. For example, are we all aware that household hazardous waste also includes unused Medications?

Medications are serious Business and require careful and special handling. Making sure that unused medications are disposed of properly is just as important as properly taking and storing them. Old and unused Medication, prescription and over the counter, is Toxic, disposed improperly could enter the environment and contaminate our lakes, rivers, groundwater and soil and eventually affect every one of us.

Cough medication, pain killers, birth control pills and most prescriptions are a few examples of the household hazardous waste that should be kept out of the Garbage and Recycling, and NEVER poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet.

So how do we disposed of properly our unwanted medications? Simply gather them in their original packaging and drop them off to the Your Local Hazardous Waste Depot or check with your Local Drug Stores if they have a Program of proper disposal of unwanted medications. Check with your Local Authorities for their Hazardous waste programs.

For Toronto Residents: if you have 10 letters of more of Hazardous Waste call this number for a Toxic Taxi for a Free Pick up - 416-392-4330 or go to to find a drop off location nearest you..

For used syringes, needles and medical waste, put them in tightly sealed and labeled container and drop them off at your local Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Depot.
Remember, we are not just saving this planet for the future generations, we do, for ourselves...