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The symbols under “Disposal Method” suggest the best disposal procedure for each hazardous product listed. The following disposal symbols mean:
Pour down the drain with plenty of water. If you use a septic tank, take special caution. Read the product labels to determine if it will be harmful to your septic tank. If it is, take to the Household Hazardous Waste Program.
Place in the garbage.
Always try to use up or recycle the product first. If this is not possible, take to a Household Hazardous Waste Drop Site, find vendors at the Spokane Waste Directory or call the Recycling Information Hotline at 509-477-6800.

Hazardous Materials & Alternatives for Miscellaneous Materials

Type of WasteDisposal MethodAlternatives/Tips
AmmunitionTake to Household Hazardous Waste drop site. Call the Recycling Hotline for more information.
Artist’s paints & mediumsChoose water-based paints and mediums. Use supplies without lead , chromium, or cadmium pigments.
Flea powderVacuum regularly. Dispose of bags in garbage. Call the Recycling Hotline for an info sheet on this topic.
Fluorescent light / ballastMay contain toxic PCBs, if pre-1970. Take to a Household Hazardous Waste drop site.
Household & button-cell batteriesUse rechargeable batteries. Avoid battery-operated products. Recycle NiCd and button-cell batteries. Call the Recycling Hotline for more details.
Kerosene / Lamp oilTake to Household Hazardous Waste drop site.
Lighter Fluid
Moth balls / moth flakesThoroughly clean used clothing or furniture before introducing into home. Wash woolens before storing; store in cedar chest or sealed cardboard boxes. Vacuum rugs and behind and under furniture. Shake out woolens periodically.
Pool / spa chemicals
Rug cleaner with solventUse soap based cleaner.
Smoke detector (ionization type)Contains radioactive materials. Return to manufacturer for disposal. Install nonionizing, photoelectric-type detectors.
Spot remover with solventCall the Recycling Hotline for an info sheet on alternatives.
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