FloridaGardener's Blog
Apr 28

Written by: host
4/28/2009 7:01 PM

Hazardous Household MaterialsDid you know that the amount of used motor oil disposed of improperly by Do-it-yourselfer auto mechanics every eighteen (18) days is approximately 11 million gallons and that one (1) gallon of used motor oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water - a year's supply of water for 50 people?


I hope you are not one of those people dumping your hazardous wastes illegally! Especially since you can get rid of them legally and in an environmentally friendly way.


If you have pesticides,  herbicides, fertilizer, used oil, paint or some other hazardous houshold waste that has been hanging around for a while and is separated, caked together or otherwise unusable, then it’s time to take it to the nearest household hazardous waste site. Call your municipality, solid waste authority or visit to find your nearest recycling or disposal site.


Under no circumstances should you pour any of these substances in a storm sewer, your toilet, or the sink, nor should you dump them on the ground or throw them in the trash for pickup -- in most places it is against the law.


In the case of used oil, in most places, your nearest autoparts store, auto repair shop or even Walmart with an auto repair center will gladly take your used oil for recycling, and at no charge to you to boot!


Here in Palm Beach County, our Solid Waste Authority (SWA) will take everything from your residential used adhesives, antifreeze, brake fluid... all the way through used motor oil and used oil filters! Call ahead to find out what you are permitted to drop off and when their disposal hours are. Often times they are even open on Saturdays from 8am until noon.

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