Moving: What to do with Hazardous Materials?

Moving is not something that most people are fond of. It requires a lot of work and planning, however, most people find that their move is something that is going to benefit them in some way, whether this is a better job, bigger house or the like. One of the most important aspects of moving is getting your home and items ready to be moved by the professional moving company you have hired. And one of the things that you need to remember is that hazardous waste is something that moving companies cannot, under any circumstances, move for you. So, what should you do?  

What is Hazardous?

Before you decide what you should do, you must know what hazardous means. Here are a few examples of hazardous waste:

  • Anything that is reactive with another substance
  • Materials that are considered toxic
  • Those materials that can easily catch fire or are considered combustible
  • Those materials that can corrode metal

For example, drain cleaners, propane tanks, aerosol cans, antifreeze and motor oil are all hazardous materials that professional movers cannot move for you.

How to Dispose of these Materials

The key to get ready for your move is to get rid of these hazardous materials. But, how do you do this? The best way to do this is to contact your local waste management company. You are going to find that they can give you clear directions on what you need to do. For example, many auto stores will take used motor oil to recycle for later. However, other materials have to be picked up or dropped off at specific locations for proper waste disposal, which is something that your local company can help with.

For those who are getting ready to move, dispose of these hazardous waste materials as soon as possible. You don’t want your move delayed due to having nowhere to put these items. The sooner you act, the better!

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