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Carbon Tetrachloride


Carbon Tetrachloride


Carbon Tetrachloride

Carbon Tetrachloride was widely used in the early 20th century as a dry cleaning solvent, as a refrigerant, and in fire extinguishers. However, once it became apparent that Carbon Tetrachloride exposure had severe adverse health effects, safer alternatives were found for these applications, and its use in these roles declined from about 1940 onward.

Carbon Tetrachloride persisted as a pesticide to kill insects in stored grain, but in 1970, it was banned in consumer products in the United States. Prior to the Montreal Protocol, large quantities of Carbon Tetrachloride were used to produce the freon refrigerants R-11 and R-12. However, these refrigerants are now believed to play a role in ozone depletion and have been phased out of use, though it is still used to manufacture less destructive refrigerants.

Carbon Tetrachloride should be disposed of as a hazardous waste. It can be taken to any Household Hazardous Waste collection facility or event; see collection information below.


If you live in Clark County or one of its cities, you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at any of the following HHW collection sites or events. Eligible senior and citizens with disabilities who are unable to transport HHW to a collection site or event may call (360) 397-6118 ext. 4352 to see if they qualify for a free home pick up. Business-generated hazardous waste will not be accepted.

To dispose of your HHW products at a county-sponsored disposal site:

• Keep HHW products separate (do not mix).
• Bring products in their original containers when possible.
• Seal products to prevent leaks and spills.
• Keep products away from the driver and passengers, i.e., in a trunk, truck bed, or trailer.
• Keep children and pets away from collection sites and events.

• Exceed 25 gallons or 220 pounds of HHW per event.
• Bring unlabeled, empty or leaking containers, asbestos, explosives or ammunition, radioactive or infectious waste, or business-generated waste to the collection site.

Central Transfer and Recycling Center
West Van Materials Recovery Center
Mobile Collection Events

Disposal Options