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City of Nederland R. A. "Dick" Nugent, Mayor
Billy Neal, Mayor Pro Tem
Talmadge Austin, Councilmember
Craig J. Belaire, Councilmember
Vacant, Councilmember
Christopher Duque, City Manager

P.O. Box 967 * Nederland, Texas 77627 * 409.723.1503 * Fax 409.723.1550
 
Household Hazardous Materials

Many people don't realize it but there are a lot of common household items that are considered to be hazardous materials. These include medications, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, lawn care products, pest control products, drain cleaners, pool care products such as chlorine and acids, and household cleaners. Some household cleaners may be harmful separately or when combined such as ammonia and bleach.

BASIC SAFETY RULES

Know the hazards of material you're working with. Read the labels, request material safety data sheets (MSDS) on new products, know what precautions, safety gear and clean up procedures are advised.

Use the safest materials and procedures possible.

Use good ventilation at all times.

Use good hygiene and housekeeping; separate work and living areas; avoid eating, drinking or smoking in the work area; don't store materials in food containers; and wash and change clothes after working; wet mop or vacuum for cleanup of dusts.

HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

PESTICIDES / HERBICIDES

Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill rodents and insects. Herbicides are used to kill plants and microorganisms. They can injure or potentially kill people by inhalation, ingestion and absorption throught the skin. Exposure can affect the respiratory and nervous systems, and cause skin and organ damage. If improperly used, these chemicals also can injure or kill plants or animals that were not intended to be controlled. Certain pesiticids that don't readily break down can accumulate in the food chain.

Unless otherwise directed, don't water an area immediately after applying these chemicals to it. This might cause them to run off with the extra water into a storm sewer or stream. Don't throw pesticides or herbicides in the trash, or pour them on the ground or down a drain. Don't burn or bury them either. These methods of disposal can pollute ground water, lakes, and rivers. The best way to get rid of these chemicals is to use them up unless they are banned.

Before purchasing a pesticide or herbicide, make sure you need one. Contact the local agricultural extension service for information on when to use pesticides/herbicides. If you need to use these chemicals, buy only the amount you need. Try using up leftover persicides/herbicides before purchasing more.

VEHICLES

Automobiles consume vast quantities of gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, car batteries, degreasing agents, windshield washing fluid, car waxes and cleaners. While most of these products are necessary for proper operation and maintenance, they are all toxic.

All of these products are very hazardous and must be disposed of properly.

CLEANSERS

Some chemicals in cleansers may be hazardous to your health during routine use even though exposure is only small amounts in the air and on your skin. You can reduce the risk to your health by avoiding products containing toxic chemicals. Or, if you must use toxic chemicals, be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions.

Cleansers may contain added dyes, perfumes, fillers, aerosol propellants, and traces of ammonia and formaldehyde. Keep in mind that hazardous wastes are produced in manufacturing all the different chemicals contained in these elaborate formulas. They generate waste problems even before you buy them.

PAINT

Leftover oil or solvent-based paint is a hazardous waste. Toxic, dangerous chemicals used in the production of oil-base paint can pose serious threats to human health and the natural environment if handled or disposed of improperly.

A John Hopkins University study found 300 toxic chemicals and 150 carcinogens that may be present in paint. Hazardous chemicals can be found in each of the four basic components that make up oil-based paint: resins, solvents, pigments, and additives.

Take leftover oil-based paint to a household hazardous waste collection facility.


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