According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous waste is "waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can be discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes." Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes common household items that contain toxic chemicals and therefore need proper handling during disposal.
HHW typically includes items used to clean, lubricate, paint, fuel and exterminate. The average household will have a number of items that qualify as HHW in kitchens, bathrooms, garages and sheds, home offices, storage spaces and even bedrooms. Hazardous waste is often highly regulated material, meaning that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) licenses certain waste disposal facilities to accept and process the waste safely.
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers a number of opportunities for you to dispose of HHW so that it does not harm humans, wildlife or the environment. We have partnered with neighboring communities to provide free, frequent and convenient drop-off events for HHW disposal and electronics recycling. All that is required to participate is proof of residency, such as a drivers license or utility bill.
To learn more about disposing of specific types of HHW, visit our pages on fertilizers and pesticides, paint, solvents and cleaning products, propane and other flammables, fire extinguishers, and lighting.
To learn more about HHW, in general, visit these websites.
The FDEP offers a wide variety of helpful information regarding local drop sites and programs in our State, as well as a fun application for kids to learn about chemicals all around the house.