What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) or Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) are household products that are, well, hazardous! This includes products that are flammable, corrosive, explosive, toxic, or the like (2018 EPA).

WHAT QUALIFIES AS HHW?

To know if a product is HHW, first check the label for the words flammable, corrosive, toxic, explosive, or any other phrase that makes you think twice about safety. Then, check the disposal instructions. If it says something like “this item may need special disposal” or “check with your local sanitation department for disposal instructions,” it’s probably HHW.

 
 

For reference, some common HHWs include:

 
 
  • Batteries

  • Incandescent/Fluorescent Bulbs

  • Pesticides

  • Garden Chemicals

  • Muriatic Acid

  • Televisions

  • Oil-based paint and stains

  • Paint Thinner and Varnish

  • Grout

  • Oil, Gasoline

  • Aerosols

  • E-Waste

  • Household Cleaners

  • Flammable Liquids

  • Pool Shock

 
 

Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste

HHW must be disposed of at a specific hazardous waste site. Most municipalities have programs to collect HHW from residents.

In Orleans Parish, some HHW like lightbulbs, e-waste and batteries are collected bi-monthly at the City’s 2nd & 4th Saturday Recycling Drop-off events. Additionally, Orleans Parish has an annual HHW collection day where they will collect all of the above listed items.

Scroll down to find information about 2019 HHW Collection Days
in Southeastern Louisiana.

REDUCING HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

One way to avoid the headache of properly disposing of HHW is to purchase products that are non-hazardous. Look for items that are non-toxic, not flammable or corrosive, or that can be recycled or thrown away in your curbside trash. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice database can help you identify better, safer options.

 
 
 
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Household Hazardous
Waste Collection Days

in Southeast Louisiana

- 2019 -

 
 

St. John Parish
May 4th
Plaza LaPlace Shopping Center
1921 Airline Hwy.
LaPlace, LA
(New Wine Ministries Parking Lot)

 

St. Charles Parish
May 4th
Jerusalem Shriners Hall
1940 Ormond Blvd. Destrehan, LA

Orleans Parish
May 11th
8am-1pm
2829 Elysian Fields Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122

 

Jefferson Parish
May 18th
9am-12pm
Joseph S. Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Pk. Blvd., Ste. 603
Jefferson, LA 70181