Many of the chemicals found in hazardous products are toxic. When these products are thrown into the garbage, on the ground or down storm drains, some persist in our environment. This can pollute our air and water and pose a threat to human health and wildlife.
Because of the harm hazardous chemicals can cause when improperly disposed of, Spokane County has developed programs for the safe disposal of hazardous wastes.
When we reduce our use of hazardous products and substitute less harmful alternatives, we promote a cleaner environment and avoid expensive clean-up costs.
Always use caution when handling and storing hazardous waste materials. Read and follow instructions for safe product use and never use more than the manufacturer recommends. Avoid mixing products; mixing may cause a poisonous reaction. Keep unused portions in their original containers. Always leave labels on containers for identification purposes and in case of accidental poisoning or spills.
Visit the links below for more information on the disposal of hazardous waste, at home and at work:
Comparison of Household Hazardous Waste Programs
The City of Portland, Oregon conducted a study of national Household Hazardous Waste programs, including the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. The study concluded that the SRSWS Moderate Risk Waste program is one of the lowest in cost and hightest in level of service --- in the nation. To reveiw this study,click here.