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Household Hazardous Waste and Non-Toxic Cleaners November 30th, 2011 Tara Roffler, Ramsey County and Rebecca Kulas, Dakota County.

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1 Household Hazardous Waste and Non-Toxic Cleaners November 30th, 2011 Tara Roffler, Ramsey County and Rebecca Kulas, Dakota County

2 Hazardous Waste in the Home Americans generate 1.6 million tons of harmful household chemicals per year The average home accumulates 100 pounds of hazardous waste over time

3 Overview Identifying hazardous products Proper storage Proper disposal Alternative cleaners Resources to share

4 hazardous waste: waste with characteristics that make it harmful to human health and the environment CORROSIVE IGNITABLE REACTIVE TOXIC

5 Household Hazardous Waste Aerosols Fluorescent Lamps Appliances Mercury Products Batteries Oil & Oil Filters Corrosives Paints Electronics Pesticides & Poisons Flammable Liquids Tires

6 Exposure Pathways for Chemicals Inhaling Swallowing Absorption through skin/eyes Contact from eating, drinking or smoking

7 Why Are Labels Important? Gives product description Lists warnings Gives directions for proper use

8 Signal Words for Toxicity Less Toxic CautionMild hazard Warningmoderate hazard More Toxic Danger: Poison extremely flammable, corrosive or highly toxic

9 10 Safety Precautions 1. Do not use when children are present 2. Keep your house well ventilated 3. Wear protective clothing 4. Purchase only what you need 5. Don’t use hot water

10 10 Safety Precautions (continued) 6. Never mix cleaners 7. Rinse cleaned surfaces thoroughly 8. Avoid waxes and polishes, as well as toilet bowl and oven cleaners 9. Don’t use aerosol cleaners 10. Take extra precaution in the kitchen

11 Where to Store Hazardous Products Keep in original container Store in closet or garage, not kitchen Store flammables away from heat sources Keep out of reach of young children

12 What to Do with Leftover Chemicals 1. Use it up or share with a neighbor 2. Bring it to a county Household Hazardous Waste collection site

13 Using Safer Cleaners in the Home Identifying risks and choosing alternatives

14 Chemical Health Effect Product Alkyl phenoxy ethanols Hormone disruptors – can cause cancer and birth defects Laundry detergents All-purpose cleaners Amyl acetateNeurotoxinFurniture polish Dioxane Immunosuppressant Carcinogen Window cleaners Laundry and dish soap Phosphoric acidCorrosive skin toxicant Tub and tile cleaners Toilet cleaners

15 Habits for Safer Purchases Read the labels Choose the least harmful product Choose low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) options Buy only what you need Check the product for Health and Safety Data

16 Look for Safer Cleaners Biodegradable Non-toxic Most Plant-based ingredients (note: some plant based ingredients can be harmful)

17 Product Certifications Third Party Certification Programs Green Seal Eco Logo Greenguard US EPA Design for the Environment

18 Current Products in the Marketplace

19 Natural Ingredient Purpose Baking Soda Deodorizer, non-abrasive scouring powder Borax Deodorizer, disinfectant, non-abrasive scouring powder, all-purpose cleaner, mold inhibitor, rust stain remover Citrus fruit (orange, lemon, lime)Grease cutter, deodorizer, flea repellent Eucalyptus oilInsect repellent Hydrogen PeroxideBleaching agent and antibacterial

20 Natural Ingredient Purpose Olive oilWood polisher ToothpasteSilver cleaner Vegetable-based liquid soapGeneral detergent product substitute Washing Soda Grease cutter, stain remover, disinfectant, wax remover, deodorizer, removes hard water marks White Distilled Vinegar Grease cutter, cleaning wood and glass, removing tarnish

21 Habits for a Cleaner Home Leave dirt outside Think of safer alternatives Follow product directions Clean up spills as soon as possible Clean frequently

22 Resources County staff and web sites A Guide to Healthy Household Products Ramsey County A to Z Disposal Guide:


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