For residents rebuilding or cleaning up typhoon-damaged home or buildings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided instructions and guidance for the safe remove of household hazardous waste.
Be alert for leaking containers and household chemicals, such as caustic drain cleaners and chlorine bleach.
– Don’t combine chemicals to avoid dangerous or violent reactions.
-Don’t dump chemicals down storm sewers, drains, or toilets.
– Don’t burn household chemicals.
– Keep children and pets away from leaking or spilled chemicals.
– Mark and set aside unbroken containers until they can be properly disposed of. To prevent leakage, broken or damaged containers should be placed in a secondary container and marked and labeled for easy identification.
The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, in conjunction with EPA, will be sponsoring Household Hazardous Waste collection centers in the weeks to come. Additional information will be publicized as these collection centers are readied. In the interim, if you have questions or concerns, call BECQ at (670) 664-8500. (FEMA)