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What can I do to help protect the environment?

Learn more about common household items which can be harmful to humans and the environment if thrown in the regular trash

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What is the Household Hazardous Waste?
The USEPA* defines Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) as "household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients" including paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides. Spent flourescent lamps or electronics are considered forms of HHW as well.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) provides guidance* for Virginia residents on handling their HHW.

For more information on specific rules and opportunities in your area, visit the Resources for Residents page.

*External link. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission does not author third party sites and their reference is for educational purposes only.

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