Alexandria and Fairfax County Home Sellers: Disposing of Hazardous Household Waste
Uh oh. You left the garage for last and look at all of this stuff. The moving company won’t take it – it’s considered hazardous – so you have to dispose of it.
Unless you have made arrangements with the new buyer to “inherit” those buckets of paint or that brand new container of brake fluid, it has to go. All of it.
When a buyer takes possession of his or her new home, by contract, it must be broom clean and free of any debris. That means everything has to be moved out of the house before it becomes someone else’s home.
Everything. Every single thing that is not attached to the property has to go, unless previous arrangements have been made with the new buyer, of course, who may be quite happy to inherit the lawn care chemicals, spare paint and unopened cans of motor oil.
You cannot just dump it in your garbage can – many of those cans and containers in your garage are full of what is considered Household Hazardous Waste – materials with one of the four characteristics of hazardous waste: toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive.
Here is a partial list of what is considered a household hazardous waste – some may surprise you:
- Brake Fluid
- Batteries: Button, Rechargeable (NICAD), Mercury and Lithium Batteries (alkaline can go in regular trash)
- Cooking Oil
- Creosote Products (wood sealers and wood treatment products)
- Fluorescent Lamps, Unbroken
- Driveway Sealers
- Floor Care Products
- Glue (solvent-base)
- Inks & Dyes
- Moth Balls
- Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover
- Paint (oil-base)
- Paint Thinner
- Rust Removers
- Stains & Varnish
- Weed Killers
- Windshield Wiper Fluid
- Wood Preservers
If you reside in Fairfax County, then check out the County website, which has complete information on what is considered hazardous household waste as well as details on how and where to dispose of it.
Alternatively, if you live in the city of Alexandria, check out their website for details on how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.
Most importantly, don’t wait until the last minute to plan for disposal.