Hazardous Waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment.
Many common household products contain hazardous chemicals. Once released into the environment, these substances may pose a serious threat to living organisms. Small quantities of hazardous substances can accumulate over time to reach dangerous levels and contaminate the air, water, and/or soil. Other hazardous substances can have a more immediate and devastating effect, such as poisoning.
Storing old chemicals at the back of cupboards, or elsewhere within your home, can be a potential fire hazard. Leaving chemicals at the back of cupboards, or elsewhere, can also be dangerous if discovered by your children and pets.
Household Hazardous Waste includes, but not limited to, materials such as:
The above mentioned products commonly display any of the following symbols:
Throwing your Household Hazardous Waste in the garbage or washing it down the drain can be dangerous to your family and our environment. In Gibraltar, hazardous wastes are collected separately by licensed hazardous waste contractors.
When disposing of hazardous wastes please keep in mind the following: