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Custom Search  Labels.  Package warning labels do not always furnish
complete and accurate information regarding whether or not a substance is
hazardous.  However if a package is labeled "CAUTION," "WARNING," "DANGER," or
"POISON," assume that the product would be a hazardous waste if regulated.  Hotline.  Even though most installations do not have a
specific environmental hotline, information concerning hazardous material can be
found at some local activity.  The fire department, base security, or the
environmental office may offer information regarding a household hazardous
waste.  Tables 4-SA and B have many practical suggestions.  DRMS has a Hazardous
Property Hotline to answer hazardous property disposal questions:
A/V 932-4133/FTS 522-4133/Commercial (616) 961-4133.  Community Household Hazardous Wastes Program.  Many civilian
communities have become aware of the problems of introducing these hazardous
wastes to their landfills.  As a result, these communities have developed their
own household hazardous waste disposal programs.  One example is an annual waste
collection day.  Homeowners bring their chemical wastes to a central location in
the city.  Then the city/county groups the wastes and disposes of them free of
charge to residents.  By joining forces with the civilian community, the DoD may
be able to save time and money dealing with household hazardous waste.
Household Hazardous Waste Handlers' Responsibilities  If you have such a program, household hazardous wastes are
separated for primarily three reasons.  Most importantly, materials that are not
compatible must not be stored together to avoid explosions or the emission of
toxic fumes.  The second reason for segregation is to keep materials to be
disposed of at the same location together to avoid resorting the hazardous
wastes.  Finally, substances that may be recycled, such as oils and paints,
shall be combined.  It is important not to rely on the warning label to obtain
classification information.  For example several corrosives are labeled
"POISON."  Segregation.  The first rule in segregation is to separate
the acidic chemicals from the basic chemicals.  Also, the flammable materials
shall be separated from the oxidizers.  Generally, the poisons containing heavy
metals shall be contained separately from the other poisons. The heavy metals
contained in poisons include mercury, lead, and arsenic. Before segregating the
hazardous wastes, the disposal site management shall be contacted to determine
if any segregation requirements are unique to the site.  Limitation.  The quantity of waste that can be transported
from any one vehicle per day is limited by the DOT to 5 gal or 50 lb. However,
if an individual attempts to turn in more than this amount, it should be
accepted to avoid either an accident on the individual's return trip or illegal
Several  different schemes for the collection
of household hazardous waste have been implemented.  These include building-to-
building pickup, occasional collection days, and permanent stations.  The
building-to-building pickup consists of breaking up a


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