March 1, 2010

How Do I Recycle Toxic Products?

This has been a very extensive searching process for me!  I thought it would be a little easier, but I'm happy to report that I have done all the hard work so you don't have to!!  So as we take the steps to ridding our homes of toxic chemicals, we can dispose of them properly too!

Here is what I did:
  • Made a list of everything I needed to get rid of and checked all the labels for specific ways to discard them (everything was assuming the container was already emptied).  
  • Then I looked online for more specific instructions from each product/company (to no avail).  
  • So I moved onto searching for ways in my area that would be acceptable to discard hazardous household products... here are a few great sites to check out for yourself:
  • But what I finally decided to do was an internet search for "Collection days for hazardous household wastefollowed by my zipcode.
I was taken to my cities government page - environmental quality/hazardous household waste page.  I found out the next day for collections of HHW in my area is in about a week!  I did have to "register" for it, by calling or filling out a simple (free) online form.  It looks like I have to drop it off myself, but worth the little effort to know I'm taking care of things the right way on all ends!  YAY!  I did it, and so can you.  I hope this information helps you on your journey to ridding your home of dangerous chemicals. For a little more information on the dangers of chemical usage in the home check this out:

Some Statistics of Cleaning with Toxic Chemicals:

  • Studies link 50 % of all health problems to indoor air quality, which is proven to be 70% more toxic than outdoor air pollution.
  • Only 30% of the 17,000 chemicals used in our homes have been adequately tested for the negative affects on our health and only 1% of these are required to be on labels.
  • Due to household cleaners, housewives have a 55% higher risk of contracting Cancer
  • Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, Cancer, and psychological abnormalities. (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)
  • Environmental studies have proven that 4 million Lbs. of chemical cleaners go down Canadian drains annually causing detrimental toxicological effects on our water systems and our air quality due to the chemical waste (that's just Canada, how much more in North America if you factor in the US as well?).
  • The average household spends $576.00 annually on cleaning supplies. Many detergents are full of fillers which make us consume more and therefore buy more. (found at

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