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HHW products require safe, responsible handling. Liquids should be transported in their original labelled container, sealed and upright. Use secondary packaging to contain leaky containers. Do not mix wastes.
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Whenever possible, use alternatives. For example, vinegar and baking soda are excellent natural alternatives to chemical cleaners. If you must purchase hazardous products, limit the amount you buy, properly store what you don’t use, and dispose of excess materials appropriately at a CVRD Recycling Centre or another facility listed in the Cowichan Recyclopedia.
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.