BATON ROUGE, La. – If you are cleaning out your home and removing flood-damaged materials, be aware of potentially hazardous wastes and dispose of them properly.
Hazardous waste should always be separated from non-hazardous materials. Types of hazardous waste includes:
Cleaning products such as bleach, ammonia, and polishes
Pesticides and repellants
Paints, varnishes, and solvents
Batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs, and items containing mercury
Fire starters, accelerants, and other flammable items
Materials contaminated with flammable products should be separated from all other waste and stored in a well-ventilated area. If stored outdoors, flammable materials should be placed in a covered, fire-resistant container to prevent soil or groundwater contamination.
In the case of a chemical or oil spill, survivors are encouraged to call local authorities before contacting the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at 1-888-763-5424.
Specific instructions for all waste removal, including hazardous waste removal, are available at the DEQ website at http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal.
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