Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste is defined by TDEC as any unwanted or spent household product that can catch fire easily (flammable), eat away at or irritate living tissue (corrosive), react violently with water or other chemicals (reactive), or be poisonous to humans and animals (toxic).
These substance can be harmful for the environment (and our water supplies!) if not disposed of properly. For example, pouring motor down a storm sewer pipe or allowing half-used bags of fertilizer to be exposed to the rain in your yard would transport those pollutants into a stream, river, or groundwater through stormwater infrastructure, runoff or infiltration through the soil.
Luckily, TDEC has a Household Waste Program that accepts many forms of otherwise hazardous waste, such as paint thinners, pesticides, cleaners, and automotive fluids. For more information on hazardous waste, the Household Waste Program, and what items are or are not accepted by the program, please visit TDEC's website.