HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE INITIATIVE
As part of the UTPA's comprehensive Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System
(MS-4) plan, the Division of Business Affairs and the Department of
Environmental Health and Safety is offering
free disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW). This can include motor
oil, pesticides, fertilizer, paint, paint thinner, or any other potentially
hazardous chemical that has accumulated in your garage
or under your sink (Please see list below) .
It is illegal, for even a residential household, to dump a hazardous
chemical down the storm sewer and the institution would like to facilitate
the proper disposal of these substances for the UTPA community.
Examples of HHW
* oil-based paints
* anti-mildew and exterior latex paints
* wood stains
* fuels (gasoline, propane, diesel)
* corrosive cleaners (such as lye-based oven cleaners)
* drain cleaners
* pool chlorine and acid
* automotive batteries
* televisions and computer monitors
* motor oil (new or used)
* oil filters
* antifreeze (new or used)
* most latex paint
* most pesticides
The following are some helpful hints for proper storage and use of
chemicals that are commonly found in the home.
* Keep products in their original containers.
* Always store containers upright, not on their side.
* Make sure labels are securely fixed to containers and are readable.
* Keep chemicals in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children and
* Never mix products together. The results could be dangerous-even
* Buy only what you need and use it all up.
* Share extras (such as leftover paint) with friends and neighbors.
Please call the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Mr. Saul
Jauregui, or Sayeed Wadud (381-3690) , for drop off information.