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Best Practices in Disposal of Hazardous Household Waste

  • • Use and store hazardous household materials in a safe manner away from food and in the original containers.
  • • Never mix remnants of hazardous household materials with other waste since it may corrode containers and cause fires or explosions and make the materials unable to be recycled.
  • • Take all hazardous household materials to permanent collection points or exchanges for appropriate disposal or recycling.
  • • Where permanent collection points do not exist, the community should establish special collection days to remove all household hazardous waste in a safe and appropriate manner and use proper disposal techniques.

Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollutants such as allergens and other biological contaminants, asbestos, carbon monoxide, environmental tobacco smoke, formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, pesticide residues, radon, wood smoke, respirable particles from sources of combustion, and volatile organic compounds can cause headaches, nausea and fatigue, and can be either indirect or direct health hazards. A special problem is associated with the diisocyanates in polyurethane products. Polyurethane is used in floor finishes and also as a foam insulation material. Since contact with the vapors or particles if inhaled may be very dangerous, residents should leave the home or other area during the spraying operation and until all of the spraying material is removed from the air within the structure. (See endnotes 34, 39.) (See Chapter 2, “Air Quality (Outdoor [Ambient] and Indoor)” for an in-depth discussion of the problem and Best Practices.)

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