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Hazardous Materials – What Not to Pack

Moving items is what moving companies do. For all, it’s in their nature, but there are some items that movers cannot move. There is a long list of items that cannot be put onto a moving truck. These fall into different categories including gases, explosives, flammable solids, combustibles, oxidizers, poisons, corrosive materials, radioactive materials, and flammable liquids.

Now most people will never have any of these materials in their house. For example, there won’t be anyone with Uranium lying around in their kitchen. For most people, these items include items such as fireworks, ammonia, car batteries, chemistry sets, cleaning solvents, fire extinguishers, gasoline, kerosene, liquid bleach, loaded guns, matches, nail polish, engine oil, paint thinner, pesticides, pool chemicals, and propane tanks. If you have any of these items, DO NOT pack them. Moving companies, or any transportation companies are prohibited by federal and state laws from transporting them and can be fined. If a hazardous item is found in a box packed by the customer, they may be held liable for any fees inquired from any violation of federal or state motor transportation laws. 

There are ways to dispose of these items properly. Contact your local city or county administrative offices to find out how you can legally dispose of these items. For example, many recycling centers will (and some even pay you) recycle your used car batteries with them. In addition, many auto shops will dispose of motor oil and antifreeze with them. Some may charge a small fee, but it’s worth it to protect the environment. NEVER pour chemicals and hazardous materials down the drain, dump them, or set them on fire. Furthermore, blood pressure meters, fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats, and thermometers all contain mercury. It is vitally important to call your local waste management center to find out how you can safely dispose of these hazardous materials.

Around the house, especially in the kitchen and garage, is where these items are usually kept. Walk around your entire house to see if you notice dish soap, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, cooking oils, acetone and paint thinning products, cleaning products, and the like. These are prohibited as well. 

Lastly, if your movers are hauling a motorcycle or other motorized vehicle, please safely drain and dispose of the gas and oil in accordance to local established rules and regulations.

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