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Household Hazardous Waste Reduction

Household Hazardous Waste Reduction

This lesson is designed to help students apply the pollution prevention (P2) concept to household hazardous waste (HHW). HHW includes hazardous materials such as household cleaners, paints, paint thinners, motor oils, gasoline, and pesticides that may pose a threat to human health or the environment if they are not disposed of properly. HHW poses a threat because it is toxic, corrosive, ignitable, or reactive. This lesson plan provides guidance and activities that define HHW and name its four characteristics, explain why HHW reduction is important (particularly how it affects people and the environment), and explain how P2 concepts can be used to reduce HHW. In addition there is a fact sheet containing the background information and definitions necessary to implement this lesson plan.

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