Certain types of waste should never be mixed in with common residential or commercial trash. Examples include:
- Household chemicals
- Computers and computer monitors
- Any item classified as hazardous waste
This post will take a closer look at this important topic. In the meantime, please get in touch with us to learn more about our garbage truck rental programs. We can help you to haul more waste for less cost.
12 Items That Should Never Be Mixed in With Common Waste
All of these items require following special disposal procedures:
- Batteries of all types – which contain toxic materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium that can poison your local water table.
- Household chemicals – examples include liquid laundry detergent, bleach, drain opener, pesticides, insecticides, and any type of corrosive chemical.
- Medications – including both prescription and over-the-counter formulas. Your local hospital or medical clinic can advise you on how to dispose of old or unwanted medicines.
- Medical waste – including needles and bandages. Most pharmacies sell products called “sharps containers” for getting rid of these materials.
- Televisions and other electronics – like batteries, these items include a number of toxic materials in their manufacture.
- Microwave ovens – microwaves contain capacitors and other parts that pose serious risks to humans and animals. It’s best to take your old microwave to the local recycling center for proper disposal.
- Gasoline and other flammable liquids – often, a local auto parts store or garage will take these chemicals and ensure that they’re disposed of properly.
- Paint – all types of paint contain oil or other potentially hazardous chemicals. Your local waste management authority may have suggestions for disposing of paint.
- Firearms ammunition – your local gunsmith or sporting goods store can advise you on how to dispose of old or unused ammo.
- Refrigerators and freezers – these products contain refrigerant chemicals that can leak into the surrounding soil. Also, they pose a potential risk to children or animals unless the doors are first detached.
- Asbestos – which poses serious cancer risks. You can call 1-800-CLEANUP to learn how to dispose of asbestos and other hazardous materials.
- Automobile parts, including tires and batteries – fortunately, these products can usually be recycled. A local auto shop or auto parts store can advise you on where to take these items for safe processing.
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