Help! How do I throw away sodium hydroxide (lye)?

I have purchased a 1lb bag of lye in the past. There was a hole on the bag so it has these crystals on the bottom of it. I put it in a plastic bag for a few days and now it has a strong odor. I threw it in the garbage. I just retrieved it and it is sitting on the porch. Please tell me how do I properly dispose of it? The poison control center is very unhelpful.

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  • 8 years ago
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    You can wash it away down the sink as sodium and hydroxide will disassociate. Farmers put it on their fields. Or you can neutralise it with HCL.

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