Many people unknowingly or carelessly throw away items from their home that can cause major problems to the environment. If household hazardous waste (HHW) is disposed of improperly, it can start a fire, give off dangerous fumes, contaminate the soil or groundwater, or cause injury to people or animals.
The government does not regulate hazardous wastes generated in the home. In Florida, household hazardous waste collection centers have been established in most communities. Visit your local household hazardous waste program website for advice and collection schedules.