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Disposal of Toxic Substances
Hazardous Waste

Most of us come into contact daily with hazardous substances, whether or not we recognize it. One of the easiest ways to figure out what products need special handling, use, and disposal is to read the back label on the product packaging.

If the label includes strong warning statements about personal health, you can suspect that the product can also have significant environmental implications if improperly disposed (as well as significant personal health implications if improperly used).

Some boat products that may be hazardous are solvents, varnishes, cleaners, bottom paints, as well as gasoline, diesel, oil, and antifreeze.

Most hazardous materials laws relate to the proper disposal of large amounts of product – which won’t apply to the individual boater using a quart here or a gallon there.

Local recycling and proper disposal options vary widely depending on where you live.

One of the most frustrating parts of being a consumer of hazardous substances is the fact that the labels often state “dispose of according to local and state laws.” This doesn’t help the average person much, since we often can’t find those laws. Given that situation, some advice we have is listed below: