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Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials Reporting Packet
(includes reporting requirements, hazardous chemical definitions and all related forms)

A hazardous material is any material capable of posing unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property.  A common sense approach, is that a material could be considered hazardous when it escapes its container and hurts or harms the thing it touches.  The more aware people become of hazardous materials, waste products and recyclable materials the more questions arise as to where these materials can be disposed of and recycled.

Train crash with hazardous material spilled.The City of Novi has addressed the recycling of paper, plastics, glass, and cans with the Recycling Center located at the Department of Public Services facility on Delwal Dr.  The problem of disposing of household hazardous chemicals has also been addressed with an annual Household Hazardous Waste Day.  In an effort to reduce the hazards and improve disposal methods, the table shown below gives examples on how and where to dispose of common household hazardous materials.
 

Material Hazard Class Disposal
Pesticides & Herbicides Poisonous Take to Household Hazardous Waste Day.
Wood preservatives Poisonous & Flammable Take to Household Hazardous Waste Day.
Empty pesticide container Poisonous residue Rinse container 3 times.  Use rinse water as full-strength pesticide.  Discard container in the trash.
Paints Flammable Use up leftover paint on other projects.

Latex paint: if only a small amount is left, open can and let liquid evaporate outdoors, away from children and pets.  Larger amounts can be dried out with the use of clay based cat litter and disposed of in the trash can. Please contact your disposal provider for more information.

Oil-Based paint: take oil-based paints and lead-based paints to collection site.
Used paint thinner Flammable Recycle by storing in a closed jar until particles settle.  Strain off the clear liquid for reuse.  Dry remaining sludge, wrap in plastic and discard in the trash.
Rust remover, turpentine, furniture stripper Flammable Take to Household Hazardous Waste Day.
Used motor oil Combustible & Carcinogen Take to Household Hazardous Waste Day.
Antifreeze Poisonous & Flammable Take to Household Hazardous Waste Day.  Don’t pour antifreeze down drain
Gasoline (bad) Flammable Take to Household Hazardous Waste Day.
Car batteries Corrosive Trade in for new battery or take to Household Hazardous Waste Day.
Cleaners, drain openers,
oven & toilet bowl cleaners, bleach
Corrosive & Poisonous Use up according to label directions or offer to others that can use them.  Dispose of small amounts by diluting with lots of water and pouring down drain.
Furniture polish, spot removers Flammable Use up according to label directions or offer to others that can use them.  Or take to Household Hazardous Waste Day.