From the cleaning cupboard to the bathroom shelf, every home contains an extensive collection of chemicals and other substances that can be harmful to our health or hazardous to the environment.
It’s important to dispose of these substances correctly. Medicines and containers for medicines could be returned to your local pharmacy for safe disposal but make sure to check with them first as they do not have to take the items.
For oil-based paints and other chemicals, check the map here to see if a local civic amenity centre accepts these items. Also look out for special one day Household Hazardous Waste collection events organised by your local authority.
With relatively little effort, it is easy to make positive changes and reduce the amount of hazardous waste we all create.
The first starting point is to become more aware of the chemicals you use – do you really need all these different products for everyday cleaning and gardening chores?
Do you know how to use products with hazardous components correctly? Using the correct quantities of chemicals to do the job in hand is very important particularly when products are being diluted.
You can swap everyday chemicals for greener alternatives around the home and garden. Click on the links below to get started.