Household Hazardous Chemicals

The average Texas household produces approximately 15 pounds of household hazardous waste per year, which usually ends up in landfills, sometimes illegally.  For instance, it is illegal to knowingly dispose of motor oil, oil filters, tires and automotive lead-acid batteries in any Texas landfill. Please consider these alternatives because the best way to handle toxic material is to eliminate its use.

Household chemicals 

Definitions of Hazard Properties

Toxic- may cause injury or death upon ingestion, absorption or inhalation. For example, roach and ant killer.

Flammable- can be ignited under almost all temperature conditions. For example, paint and varnish removers.

Corrosive- a chemical, or its vapors, that can cause deterioration or irreversible alteration in body tissues at the site of contact, and deteriorate or wear away the surface of a material. For example, rug deodorizer and oven cleaner.

Irritant- causes soreness or inflammation of the skin, eyes, mucous membranes or respiratory systems. For example, laundry bleach and toilet bowl cleaner.

Explosive- pressurized containers that may explode when subjected to additional pressure, flame or other heat source. For example, aerosol paint and furniture polish cans.

Carcinogen- substances that through long-term ingestion, inhalation or absorption are known to cause cancer in humans or animals.

For more information or questions regarding household hazardous chemicals, please call the Solid Waste Services Department at (972) 721-8059.