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Hazardous Waste

A type of waste that poses a threat to the environment or individuals living in the environment. It is also referred to as “solid” waste, although this term does not describe its physical form. Hazardous waste can just as easily come in liquid or gas form, and possesses common traits such as ignitibility, reactivity and toxicity. This type of waste cannot be disposed of through usual means and often requires a trained professional to oversee its safe and responsible disposal.

Household Items

Products used for the purpose of cleaning, decorating or maintaining a household. Most household items are disposable in nature and require regular replacing. Every room in the home has its own list of household items that are required to function efficiently in that particular space. Some household items may be considered hazardous materials, which may require special methods of disposal. Others may be disposed of through regular waste management procedures, including curbside pickup of household trash.

Household Waste

Trash generated by a household, which must be disposed of in a safe and responsible fashion. Household waste may include a variety of substances, including used household items, food waste and paper. Many items included in household waste can be recycled, keeping excess garbage out of landfills. Household waste is typically discarded inside the home and then sent out for curbside collection or recycling, where it is handled by a professional waste management company.