Did you know that it is actually illegal to place the some items in trash or landfills? When organizing your home, there are times when you may wonder what the best method is for recycling, donating or disposing of an item you no longer need. If you don’t have the answer, procrastination can be the result. So…into the garage it goes (am I right?). Here are six items you must not toss in the trash, and what to do with them.
Batteries: all types of batteries contain harmful materials. This includes disposable as well as rechargeable batteries. Place a small bin next to your battery supply and label it “recycle” or “used” batteries. Then once or twice a year, drop them off. Click here to find a convenient location. In my area, there is a local hardware store nearby that will accept them.
Fluorescent Lights: Contra Costa County’s hazardous waste website says, “Fluorescent lamps and tubes contain mercury, which is considered hazardous and therefore it is illegal to dispose of them with regular trash.” If you live outside of Contra Costa County, then I suggest that you search on “hazardous waste disposal” for your local community.
E-Waste: we all think of computers and monitors when we think of e-waste. But, don’t forget hearing aids, smoke detectors, radios, electronic tools, cameras, toys or space heaters. You may have an e-waste facility near you that will accept donations any time. In California, check here for your nearest facility. Outside California, try GreenerGadgets.org. Otherwise, keep your eyes out for local e-waste collection events.
Hazardous Waste: Hazardous waste includes paint, used oil, insecticide, cleaning products, etc. Best practices for these products include buying only what you need. My suggestion is to locate a hazardous waste disposal facility near you, so that when you need it, it is easy to drop off unwanted items. Check Earth911 and click on “hazardous” for a site near you.
Medications: If you have expired medications, or if you have changed prescriptions before you have finished the bottle, then you may wonder what to do with those. Read this post from February 2012.
Please note: this list is provided as a courtesy for information purposes only. Maur Organized does not personally endorse any separate entity or organization.
What items do you have hanging around your house, because you don’t know what to do with them? Send me your questions, and I will see what I can do to find the information you need.