Household product safe disposal – Triclosan

I was home recently and I found several bottles of half used soapless cleansers that contained that creepy chemical the media has been warning us about – triclosan. For those that have not been paying particular attention to their personal cleaning products, here is a description of triclosan from the Government of Canada and here is a description of triclosan from Wikipedia. I no longer use the product and I was trying to find the best way to dispose of this. Originally I contemplated either slowly use up these products or putting these directly down the drain and then recycling those bottles. Thankfully I followed neither of those and just a few days ago I asked one of my geotextile colleagues and he immediately referred me to the strengths of geotextiles used in landfills. The typical engineered landfill geotextiles, he believed, ought to be adequate in securing any chemicals leaking out of containers within the landfill. Check with your local waste management authorities but I believe that the best way forward to dispose of unwanted unspecified household liquids may in fact be to put them in with the trash. Go figure…

As always, comments and questions are welcomed.


About eatonkwan

Engineer by profession, interests lie in environmental development, LEED and sustainable development.
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