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26. Dispose Of Adhesives, Aerosols, Household Cleaners And Other Hazardous Waste Safely

precautions when drying adhesive...

Adhesives contain solvents and other toxic chemicals. Among glues, the safest choices are white glue, glue sticks, library paste, and yellow glue. Select them whenever possible.

If you cannot use up an adhesive yourself, give it to someone who can, or take it to a household hazardous-waste collection site. As a last resort, dry the adhesive. First, find a well-ventilated area away from children, pets, and sources of heat or flames—preferably outside. Wear chemical-resistant gloves, and avoid inhaling fumes.


If you have a small amount of adhesive, open the container and let it dry. For larger amounts, spread the adhesive in thin layers on cardboard or newspapers. If the adhesive is in a tube, slit the tube for drying. For two-part adhesives, mix them together before letting them dry. When the adhesive has hardened, you can safely place it in the trash.
aerosol containers

Aerosol containers are pressurized products that sometimes contain flammable or poisonous chemicals. If you dispose of these pressurized containers in the trash, they can be punctured and explode. They can also start a fire or injure sanitation workers.
top of aerosol can

A can is empty and safe for disposal if you no longer hear air being released from the container. If you cannot empty the aerosol cans by using the contents yourself, find someone who can.

If that’s not possible, you can empty and depressurize the aerosol container (as long as it’s not a pesticide). Start by working in a well-ventilated area away from children, pets, and sources of ignition. Follow safety precautions on the container and avoid inhaling vapors.
spraying into a box

Spray the contents of the container into a cardboard box until you can no longer hear the air being released from the can. When the container is empty and depressurized, put the cardboard box in the trash. Empty containers can be recycled.
disposing of housefhold cleaners...

If a household cleaner contains a solvent, do not dump it down the drain or put it in the trash. It contains solvents if the label includes words such as flammable, combustible, caution, warning, danger, or contains petroleum distillates or aromatic hydrocarbons. Find out if someone else can use it up—as long as the cleaner is in its original container and is properly labeled.

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