How to dispose of household hazardous waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?


The average household stores about 10 gallons of common hazardous waste.  Please read the labels; if you see the words, "caution," "hazardous," "danger," "flammable," or "poison," you need to use extreme care when you're ready to dispose of them. 

Improperly discarded household hazardous waste can pollute our environment by poisoning the sewer and septic systems, drinking water, ground water, and the earth.  This waste also poses a threat to sanitation workers because the products can ignite or explode in the garbage trucks. Below is a list of common household hazardous waste products:

As a resident of Rhode Island, you can bring your household hazardous waste to the Eco-Depot, a free drop off at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.  To make an appointment, please call 942-1430 ext. 241.  For a complete list of all household hazardous waste, please click on the link below.