As those affected by the Louisiana floods are cleaning out their homes, these are some hazardous items that need to be separated from non-hazardous items, and disposed of 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
  • Automotive fluids
  • 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.