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Household Substances You Did Not Know Were Hazardous

Have you ever poured unused cleaning products down the sink? Or put their bottles straight into the garbage bin? Have you ever thrown away a mobile phone or printer cartridge into the wheelie bin? Without even realising it, you could be disposing of regular household waste in a highly hazardous way.

Whether you realise it or not, garbage disposal is more than just separating plastic bottles from organic waste. There is a multitude of ways you could be creating a hazard for your family without even knowing it. Not to mention the harm you could be doing to the environment.

To avoid the dangers brought about by the incorrect disposal of flammable, toxic, corrosive or infectious waste, it helps to be aware of items that could become hazardous. After that, it’s simple steps to safely dispose of potentially dangerous household goods. The team at Hi-Tech Disposals can even offer collection, transportation and disposal of most types of liquid and solid hazardous waste

Hazardous Household Waste

Hazardous waste can be liquid or solid and includes (but is certainly not limited to) the following types of household waste:

  • Corrosives

Drain cleaners, oven cleaners, ammonia-based cleaners, bleach and some antibacterial cleaners are likely to contain corrosives.

  • Flammables

Aerosol cans including antiperspirants, hairspray and spay-on sunscreen. Alcohol-based chemicals, including some medications. Acetone, nail polish, nail polish remover and some other cosmetic products could be flammable (look for the flammable symbol on the label to find out).

  • Toxic and ecotoxic substances

The list of toxic substances that could be in every room in your home is close to endless. In the garage you could have motor oil, paint and batteries all creating hazards. In the kitchen antibacterial cleaners, dishwashing detergents, oven and drain cleaners are all likely to be toxic. Bathroom cleaning products may also contain hydrochloric acid, lye, sulfuric acid, oxalic acid and a host of other toxic chemicals. Carpet cleaners, air fresheners, moth balls, insect repellents and rodent bait can also be highly toxic. Read the labels and always take care when handling toxic substances.

  • Infectious waste

Infectious waste is waste that contains blood or other bodily fluids. It includes contaminated needles, bandages and disposable medical devices. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “Health-care waste contains potentially harmful microorganisms which can infect hospital patients, health workers and the general public. Other potential infectious risks may include the spread of drug-resistant microorganisms from health facilities into the environment.” WHO recommends “selecting safe and environmentally-friendly management options” for infectious waste.

  • Oxidisers

Oxidisers can react dangerously when near or mixed with other substances, causing fire and explosion hazards. They may also be toxic or corrosive. Common household products that might contain oxidisers include hair products, dishwashing detergents and pesticides.

It’s important to take care when handling hazardous substances, and equal care should be given to the disposal process. To make sure hazardous waste disposal from your Auckland home doesn’t end up in the wrong place, you can rely on licensed hazardous waste removal and destruction services in Auckland.


If you’re unsure about waste disposal at your Auckland home or workplace, don’t risk creating a toxic environment. Give Auckland’s hazardous waste removal experts a call on (09) 263 8782 or use our online contact form to get in touch with our friendly team.