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Household Hazardous Waste Facility

The new Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility and Harmon Residential Transfer Station opened January 23, 2015. Both facilities are located on Harmon Industrial Park Road behind the Government of Guam’s Department of Public Works complex. (see images of the construction)

HHW Map

HHWThe HHW facility allows residential customers to dispose of their everyday toxic material. Customers are limited to 15 gallons or 100 pounds of household hazardous waste items per day.

The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday and is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and on all Government of Guam holidays.

Complete List of HHW Accepted:

 

 

From The Garage

  • Acetone
  • Artist’s paints and media
  • Antifreeze
  • Auto body repair products
  • Automobile oil
  • Battery Acid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Car wax, solvent-based
  • Contact cement
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fiberglass epoxy
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Gasoline/oil mixtures
  • Gasoline and other fuels
  • Glue, solvent-based
  • Joint compound
  • Kerosene
  • Latex Paint
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Non-automotive oil
  • Oil Filters
  • Oil-based paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Paint stripper
  • Parts cleaner
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Rust remover
  • Shellac
  • Stain
  • Transmission fluid
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood preservative

From the Kitchen

  • Cleaners, solvent-based
  • Disinfectants
  • Floor care products
  • Hair remover
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Oven cleaner
  • Thermometer

From the Home & Garden

  • Aerosol cans
  • Batteries, button
  • Batteries, rechargeable
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Fertilizer (with pesticides)
  • Fungicide
  • Furniture polish
  • Metal polish, solvent-based
  • Insect spray
  • Light ballasts
  • Mothballs
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Shoe polish
  • Spot remover
  • Stump remover
  • Thermostats
  • Weed killer

Electronics

  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Radios
  • Cell phones
  • Pagers
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • DVD players
  • UPS systems
  • Laptops


General Information

What is household hazardous waste?

Many products used in the home, garden, garage and hobby shop have hazardous characteristics such as poisonous, combustible, flammable or corrosive. When you decide to discard these products they become household hazardous wastes requiring proper disposal.

Why do I need to dispose of my household hazardous wastes differently from other trash?

Most people think of "hazardous wastes" as wastes generated by industry, but many household products contain the same chemicals found in industrial hazardous wastes. Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes, such as throwing them away with your household trash, dumping them in storm drains, or into sewer or septic systems, can endanger your health, the health of others and the environment.

There are many reasons it makes sense to collect hazardous household wastes separately and keep them out of landfills. Some wastes shouldn't be landfilled because they can be recycled or used as an energy saving fuel. Less household hazardous waste in the landfill means less hazardous leachate requiring expensive treatment. The risk of ground and water pollution if leachate leaks from landfills is also reduced. Garbage collectors and landfill workers can be injured by exploding aerosol cans, splashing chemicals or poisonous fumes created by mixed chemicals. Chemical reactions can also cause fires in garbage collection trucks.

Hazardous wastes should never be poured onto the ground or down storm drains. Products such as motor oil contain toxic chemicals and metals (hydrocarbons, lead, zinc, arsenic, chromium and cadmium) that will contaminate groundwater, drinking water and freshwater wildlife habitats. Other products may also have an adverse effect on water supplies and the environment.

Household hazardous wastes should never be flushed into septic systems or down sewer drains because these wastes can kill the active bacteria either in your septic tank or at the waste water treatment facility. Waste water treatment facilities cannot remove all heavy metals and these may contaminate sewage sludge, water supplies and animal habitats.

How do I know if a product is hazardous?

All hazardous products exhibit at least one of the following properties:

Check the label. Look for the following warning words: POISON, TOXIC, CORROSIVE, VOLATILE, FLAMMABLE, INFLAMMABLE, COMBUSTIBLE, EXPLOSIVE, DANGER, CAUTION, WARNING or HARMFUL. These words will alert you to the nature of the product.

What is the cost to drop-off household hazardous waste?

There is no charge to residents of the island of Guam. The expense for this facility is borne in the per ton tip fee of municipal solid waste.

Besides households can anyone else bring household hazardous waste to the HHW Facility?

The HHW facility is only permitted to receive material generated from households. The HHW facility cannot accept material from institutions, government, and commercial operations.

How much can I bring?

Residents can bring up to 15 gallons or 100 lbs. per visit per day.

Are free products available for reuse?

Household hazardous wastes are accepted from island residents for proper disposal or recycling. Many products are in usable condition and some have never been opened. Suitable products are made available to individuals, businesses, and government departments for reuse, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. All persons accepting products will be asked to sign a liability and indemnification release.

Examples of products include: cleaners, automotive, fertilizers and other gardening products, grout and caulking, paints, stains & varnishes, wood sealants, etc.

Free products are available during facility open hours.

Safety

How can I use & store household hazardous products properly?

Follow the directions on the label. Ask the dealer or manufacturer to provide more explanation if needed. Don't use more of the product than is recommended. Never mix waste products; this can lead to explosions or poisonous gas being released. Use hazardous products in well-ventilated areas and always use gloves, eye protection and air purifying respirators whenever warranted. Never eat, drink or smoke where hazardous products are being used. Keep products in their original containers. If you do have to use a different container be sure to label adequately in case of poisoning and for safe use and disposal. Store all hazardous products upright, tightly sealed, and away from pets, children and food.

How can I transport household hazardous waste safely?

What can I do to reduce my use of household hazardous products?

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