Household Hazardous Waste at IU
The waste byproducts of our modern lifestyles can be a major contributor to stormwater pollution. Some examples of commonly used products that can contribute to stormwater pollution when disposed are cleaners, beauty and personal hygiene products, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, paints and solvents, and batteries. Local solid waste districts have developed programs and procedures to manage these materials to reduce or eliminate their contribution to environmental pollution.
IU Environmental Health and Safety manages institutionally generated hazardous waste, such as maintenance products and research chemicals because of the regulations associated with them. However, materials like those listed above that are generated by individuals living in IU housing, are exempt from regulation, and are not managed by EHS. Individuals living in IU housing are encouraged to use the links below to learn more about household hazardous wastes and to connect with local resources available to properly manage them.
By reducing or eliminating the amount of household hazardous materials that get into stormwater runoff, every individual can help to limit the detrimental effects of pollutants and ensure the health of our water resources for generations to come.