Household Hazardous Waste

Under our kitchen sink, in our bathrooms, and in our garages may be items that are called Household Hazardous Waste.

Here is a list of items that are considered to be hazardous.
Pesticides Cleaners Antifreeze
Batteries Used motor oil adhesive
glaze ink personal care products
paint and stain bleach and many others

A database is available through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to look up what is hazardous in your home.

Be sure to read labels regarding caution on the products.

Where should you take the items?

Proper disposal is critical to not having negative effects both at the wastewater treatment plant but for many of the compounds that can make their way through the plant and head out to Lake Superior. Never pour any of these items down storm drains. The drains go right to a nearby stream and then on to Lake Superior.

You can listen to our webinar on Pharmaceuticals in the environment and our webinar on disposal.
Superior Solution to Unwanted Medication
Where Do I Take It

Our disposal guide for Superior is at

Use alternatives

One thing you can do regarding cleaning supplies is to make your own non-toxic cleaners.

All-Purpose Cleaner recipe:

1/8 c. white vinegar,
1 tsp. Borax,
2 c. hot water,
and 1/8 c. liquid dish soap.

Swirl together to gently mix.

An assortment of additional cleaner recipes are at Pollution Control Agency

During National Pollution Prevention Week 2013 we have been passing out complimentary spray bottles with a window cleaner and all-purpose cleaner recipe on them. The ingredients are common. The overall price tends be less and these homemade cleaners work great.

Visit the Pollution Control Agency site on Household Hazardous Waste to also learn more about steps to improve your home and the environment's health.

Use Less

By reading instructions and not applying more fertilizer than necessary or buying a smaller can of paint for your project if you won't likely need to use the larger amount you will be introducing less of a product into the environment.

Reuse - Local Exchange

Right across from Superior is Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) in Duluth which has a Product Reuse Center. It's a place to bring your leftover paint, stains, and oil products. Contact them for more information at 218-722-0761. Their hours are Thursday through Saturday 9 AM -5 PM and they are located at 2626 Courtland Street - take the 27th Ave W. and head to the bay and turn left down Courtland. They have a drive through option for your dropoff or park and come 'shop' at their facility. It's free to pick out items you want to take home.