Storing a hazardous household waste indefinitely is not a good solution. Containers, and their contents, degrade over time. Labels get lost, and the chance of children or pets finding the hazardous waste increases when it is stored for long periods of time. However, storage may be the safest temporary option for now if there is not a safe and organized system in your community to handle hazardous household waste.
Safe Storage Recommendations
- Safe containers on high shelves or in locked cabinets away from children.
- Protect the label.
- Store hazardous household chemicals in the original container.
- Close containers tightly.
- Keep containers dry to prevent corrosion.
- Store similar products together to reduce any danger from reactions if containers should leak or contents should spill.
- Store hazardous household products in a well ventilated area.
Improper storage may allow chemicals to leak into the environment, causing dangerous chemical reactions, poisoning or pollution.