Household Hazardous Waste, commonly referred to as HHW, contains hazardous ingredients. Examples include paints, stains, fertilizers, pesticides, cleansers, solvents, and flammable liquids. All of these should be used, stored, and disposed of responsibly.
Read the labels of the products in your home. Words such as poison, toxic, corrosive, volatile, flammable, inflammable, combustible, explosive, danger, caution, and warning are signs that the contents are hazardous.
The Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP) accepts household hazardous waste for safe disposal and/or recycling. This service is free to all Summit County residents and property owners, thanks to the Safety First Fund, passed by local voters in November 2014. Proof of residency or property ownership is required with all drop-offs. Household hazardous waste is accepted Monday-Saturday, 7 am to 4 pm. Materials must be in their original containers and/or clearly labeled.
You don’t need to be a nurse to use injectable products. People often use these items at home to pierce or puncture their skin for injections or for testing such as checking one’s blood sugar. These products include syringes, lancets, and auto-injectors. To prevent someone from accidentally being stuck, these items should be placed into a plastic, puncture-proof container. FDA-approved sharps containers are the appropriate containers for injectables. These are available at pharmacies, medical facilities, and medical supply companies. If one is unable to get an FDA-approved container, use a container made of heavy-duty plastic. These should be dropped off at approved collection locations such as pharmacies or hospitals.
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The Pharmaceutical Take-Back program allows people to drop-off their unused or unwanted medications, OTC drugs, and prescriptions into designated bins. The program was created in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Summit County Water Quality Committee, and the Summit County Sheriff’s Department.
You can dispose of accepted items in secure collection bins at:
Never flush pharmaceuticals down the toilet. Flushing or throwing away unused or unwanted medications can cause pollution of our lakes, streams, and water supplies.