Which Household Products Are Hazardous?

Which Household Products Are Hazardous?

Read the Label

If you see DANGER, POISON, CAUTION or WARNING on the label, the product is hazardous.

Read the Label

Why is this important?

They are harmful

  • Some household products can harm the environment.
    • The Lake County landfill is unlined, with no protective barrier between trash, groundwater and soil underneath. This leaves an open conduit to our water systems.  Common items like bleach, paints and stains can harm local ecosystems if allowed to accumulate in soil and water.
    • Pesticides, including weed and feed, moss killers, insect sprays and slug bait can harm other plants, animals and insects. These products can also be carried by rainwater to local water bodies where they can harm wildlife.  See ecotoxicology and general information on the spread of pesticides beyond their intended use.  
    • medicineMedicines can enter the environment, getting into our waterways – and even at low levels can harm aquatic life, showing up in fish.  A recent USGS meta-study, the first of its kind, found low-levels of pharmaceuticals in the majority of streams surveyed.  Historically, people were told to flush medication down the rain, where it ultimately accumulates int eh environment.  Now communities have take-back programs to protect their watersheds.  We are working on one in Lake County.
    • Products containing mercury that are improperly thrown away can have long-term negative effects on our environment.  There are numerous studies of the harmful effects of mercury in our waterways and in the fish and animals that inhabit them.

Most can’t go in the trash

What’s not on a household product label?

More information

Questions? Call us (719) 465-6164, or email lynne@cloudcityconservation.org

Our mission is to inspire stewardship of our natural resources by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.