Why can't I put hazardous materials in the garbage or down the drain?

HHW is dangerous to people, pets, and the environment. If hazardous wastes are put in the garbage or poured into the sewer or storm drain, it can result in environmental and public health hazards.

Do not flush or pour HHW liquids down the drain, dispose of them in the environment, or place them in your garbage can. As sewage systems and private septic systems do not filter or remove these products from wastewater, HHW can enter our waterways. If disposed of incorrectly, toxic materials can harm aquatic life, destroy sensitive ecosystems, and pollute recreational sites or water supplies. Explosions or fires caused by HHW may also harm sanitary workers and can damage infrastructure or equipment.