Household Hazardous Waste
Waste Prevention Tips
Hazardous Products and Guidelines
Some of the products you use at home are potentially
hazardous. Safe handling and proper disposal of these materials
will protect you, your family and our environment.
This section provides instructions for proper disposal
of your household hazardous waste products and tips for
minimizing their use in the future. The Waste Prevention
Tips is probably the most helpful and valuable section.
You can avoid having to dispose of hazardous products if
you buy only what you need and use it all, and whenever
possible, use nonhazardous alternative products.
Waste Prevention Tips
The best way to handle household hazardous waste is to
prevent it in the first place. By learning more about which
types of products are hazardous and about ways to use less,
use it up and use nonhazardous alternatives, you can significantly
reduce the generation of this type of waste right at the
Before you buy a product, read the label and make
sure it will do what you want.
Once you buy something, you are also responsible for disposing
of it properly.
Buy only what you need, and use it all up.
Be conservative in selecting the product container size.
A large container is not a bargain if you don't use it all.
Give away unwanted leftover products.
Ask friends, neighbors or non-profit groups if they
can use the products.
Look for nonhazardous alternatives.
Safer substitutes, like vinegar, lemon juice, baking
soda, salt, borax, olive oil and cedar chips, used alone
or in various combinations can get the job done as well
as their more hazardous counterparts. Consider the following
suggestions for nonhazardous alternatives:
- To keep drains clear and fresh smelling, mix and apply
1/4-cup baking soda and 1/2-cup vinegar. Let stand in
drain for 5-10 minutes. Flush with hot water.
- Windows can be cleaned with a mixture of 2 cups each
of vinegar and water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Use newspaper for a lint-free finish.
- An ice cube can be used to harden chewing gum before
scraping it from carpet.
- For a rug deodorizer, mix 2 parts cornmeal to l part
borax. Sprinkle over rug and leave for l hour, then vacuum.
- To polish furniture, combine 2 parts olive oil to 1
part lemon juice.
- Processed manure or fish emulsion is a good substitute
for chemical fertilizers.
- Mulch and compost are great soil enrichment products.
You can purchase them locally, or you can make it yourself
from your yard trimmings.
- Select water-based latex and non-toxic paint products
over oil-based paints and varnishes.
- Instead of mothballs, use cedar chips or dried lavender.
- Instead of bug sprays, use baited traps.
- Use glue or spring traps instead of rodent poison.
- Clean copper pots and stainless steel with salt and
- Clean stains from coffee cups and dishes with baking
soda and vinegar.
- To clean, disinfect and deodorize, use a mixture of
1/2-cup borax and 1 gallon
Hazardous Products and Guidelines
- Dispose on your own --
in the trash or down the drain. Many types of products
can be conveniently and safely
disposed of in the City’s existing refuse and sewage
systems. The City’s H-POWER waste-to-energy
and wastewater treatment plants can effectively and safely
manage small quantities of specified materials. For example,
most types of household cleaners can be safely flushed
down the drain with plenty of water. Items such as paint
and used oil can be safely disposed of with our rubbish,
once they have been dried out or absorbed with materials
such as rags, newspaper or sawdust.
- Special Handling -- call for an
Materials which present serious health and
safety hazards, including pesticides and highly flammable
like gasoline and kerosene, require special handling. Oahu
residents can call 768-3201 for an appointment to drop off these materials at the hazardous
waste handling facility contracted by the City. Drop-off
days are coordinated every two months. Before you
call to schedule a drop-off, please take an inventory of
materials you wish to dispose of (including type and quantity
Review the lists under Special Handling and Dispose on your own to determine
the proper way to handle your items. The lists reflect the
more common items found at home and are not complete.
But before you get to the details, here are a few basic
rules and guidelines for safe handling and disposal:
The disposal guidelines in this section apply only to
small quantities disposed of by residential households. Households with large quantities of any type of hazardous
waste must call the City's Refuse Division for disposal
instructions. Commercial businesses and industrial operations
must comply with City, state and federal regulations for
disposing of their hazardous waste.
- Read product labels carefully for handling and use
- Keep all hazardous materials out of children's reach.
- Keep all hazardous materials in their original containers
and labeled for proper identification.
- Keep all hazardous materials out of the storm drain
The water in storm drains flows directly to streams or
to the ocean. Hazardous materials could seriously contaminate
- Carefully follow the disposal guidelines in this
Only pour chemicals down the drain or put materials in
the trash that are so designated. Improper disposal could
injure workers, damage processing equipment, or harm the
- If you are unsure about how to dispose of a material,
or the material is not listed, call the Household
Hazardous Waste Line at 768-3201.
The following materials require special handling
at the drop-off event, scheduled every two months. The
next day is set for Saturday, November 1, 2014. Call 768-3201 to schedule an appointment. Please
prepare an inventory list of your items which includes
the material you wish to dispose of
and the volume of the container (i.e., acetone/two quarts).
Requests for appointments must be made
later than one
week prior to each event. Drop-off dates are scheduled
every two months. Upcoming drop-off dates for 2015: January 10, March 14, May 2, July 11, September 12 and November 7.
Schedule an appointment if you have these:
|Oil change boxes, sold in local retail stores,
not only make changing your motor oil easier, they
can also be used to dispose of other items listed
under Dispose on Your Own.The
absorbant material in the box can work well for the
items with "absorb and trash" instructions.
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
Swimming Pool Chemicals
*For child safety, tape containers and double-bag before
Flush down drain: Flush down the
drain with plenty of water; rinse and throw empty container
away in trash container.
|There is no reason to leave batteries
on the roadside or let them pile up in your carport.
Retailers are required to take your old battery when
you purchase a new one and recycle it. Many retailers
will take them without a sale. Or you can drop-off
old batteries at City Drop-off Convenience Centers.
Sprays: Place absorbent material
in a plastic bag, spray until can is empty, being careful
not to inhale the fumes; leave can in bag, then tie and
throw bag away in trash container.
Trash can: Close container
securely to prevent spillage, then throw away. Wrap light bulbs in newspaper before disposal.
Drop off: Take to a Drop-off
Convenience Center. Propane tanks may be empty,
or fully/partially full. Or you can take tanks (empty
or containing gas) to Air
(fee). Call Air Liquide at 845-9021 (Kalihi) or 682-2130
(Campbell Industrial Park).
Absorb and trash: Pour liquid
into a plastic bag with absorbent material, such as shredded
newspaper, old rags, or sawdust. Once liquid is absorbed,
seal the bag, then throw away in trash can. An oil change
box provides the same results. Paints can be hardened in
the can, then thrown away.
Return to retailer: Retailers
of auto batteries are required by law to accept your old
battery when you purchase a new replacement. For excess
auto batteries, call a battery recycler or ask retailers if they'll
accept additional batteries.
Drop off rechargeable (non-lead acid) batteries from cell phones, laptop computers, and power tools in collection boxes at
Home Depot and Best Buy. Click here for more information on battery disposal.