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Waste Management: Hazardous Waste

Greener Cleaning (Document)

Cleaning products are necessary for maintaining attractive and healthy conditions in the home and workplace. In addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits of cleaning, the removal of dust, allergens, and infectious agents is important to maintaining a healthy indoor environment.
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Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

In our daily lives we use products which contain hazardous components. Such products include certain paints, cleaning agents, stains and varnishes, car batteries, motor oil, and pesticides. The leftover contents of such products are known as "household hazardous waste." Such items are labeled with symbols such as corrosive, hazardous or toxic. When improperly disposed of, household hazardous waste can create a potential risk to our health and the environment.

What are the Dangers of Improper Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste?

Items of household hazardous waste are sometimes disposed of improperly by pouring them down the sink or the toilet or by placing them with regular refuse for collection. When this happens, the damage done is not immediately obvious. However, if poured down sinks or toilets, household hazardous waste can contaminate septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems. Hazardous waste is prohibited from Mayo County Council's landfill sites. Burial of such waste in domestic waste landfill poses dangers to the environment. Such waste must go through specialized treatment prior to disposal or must be disposed of in specially designed hazardous waste landfills. Items of household hazardous waste must not be placed with normal household refuse. Below is a list of the items that you should not place in your refuse bin for landfill.

  • Batteries.
  • Paint/varnishes.
  • Pesticides.
  • Corrosives.
  • Herbicides.
  • Motor oils.
  • Florescent tubes.
  • Any hazardous cleaning agents such as bleach or white spirits.
  • Medicines including veterinary medicines.
  • Waste vegetable oils are also prohibited from landfill.


Correct disposal of household hazardous waste

Contact your local pharmacy to check their take back system for unused medicines. Mayo County Council accepts items of household hazardous waste at a charge of €7.00 at our recycling centres at Derrinumera on the Castlebar-Newport Road and at Rathroeen, Killala Road in Ballina. Mayo County Council also accepts items of household hazardous waste at specially organized "hazardous waste collection" days in various towns each year. Details of collection dates are advertised in local Press. Waste batteries can be brought back to you local battery retailer. Batteries must be of a type that the retailer sells. Watch out for blue battery drop off boxes in your local retailers.

Better Management of Household Hazardous Waste

When possible choose products that have a lesser impact on the environment. Many supermarkets and health food shops stock more environmental friendly products that have a lesser impact on the environment. Try to purchase correct quantities of hazardous products so as to eliminate left overs. Store all hazardous waste in original containers and ensure that labels can be clearly read. Do not mix different types of hazardous waste together. Never pour items of hazardous waste down drains, sinks or toilets. Never place items of hazardous waste with your normal household refuse.

Dispose of your acrylic paint water the eco-friendly way! (Document)

Painting with acrylics is easy and fun, but what about disposing of the leftover paint water? It’s not good for the environment to pour that water down the sink, because there are toxins in the paint that will get into the soil and hurt the plants and animals. And the solid bits of paint in the water will clog the pipes and seep into the water supply, creating a health hazard. How can we dispose of the paint water safely?
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