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.

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

Both Superior and Duluth offer a place to bring reusable items such as paint, stains, and oil products. Contact the Superior Landfill at (715) 398-7222 or WLSSD's Hazardous Household Waste Center at 218-722-0761 with questions or to verify hours.