Happy New Year from everyone here at ETC! It's the start of a brand new year and the saying "out with the old, in with the new" usually comes to mind. Many will prepare to clean their homes for a fresh start to the year and most likely come across unused or barely used household hazardous waste. You don’t have to run an industrial business to have hazardous waste at home. In fact, there are many everyday household items that could potentially be dangerous to the environment. Paints, batteries, cleaning products, vehicle fluids, and many other household items often contain materials that could be classified as hazardous. Essentially, if it is flammable, corrosive, explosive, or toxic/poisonous, it qualifies as hazardous. While products which contain these materials do have warning labels on them, this does not mean a person will suddenly know how to safely dispose of them. People frequently throw these items out with the garbage, pour them down the drain, or otherwise remove them from their homes in ways that would be considered improper hazardous waste management. These materials can get into septic tanks or harm sanitation workers if they reach the sewer. If they are not stored properly, they might even leak into the soil, contaminating a property. ETC manages collection events for the islands of Kauai, Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. To find out when we hold household hazardous waste collection events near you or for more information on hazardous products and guidelines, please visit these links: Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Hawaii (Big Island). We hope you have a safe and prosperous new year!