Purging unused belongings is a great step in getting organized. Not every household item can be put in the garbage. When getting rid of your clutter, be aware of what items can harm the environment and learn how to dispose of those properly.
Here are just some items that are hazardous:
- Aerosol cans
- Batteries (rechargeable and button)
- Break/transmission fluid and antifreeze
- Car batteries
- Computers, TVs, cell phones
- Fluorescent tubes
- Gasoline and other flammables
- Household cleaners
- Mercury thermometers and switches
- Motor oil and filters (used)
- Needles & syringes - home generated (Seal in hard plastic or metal containers)
- Paint (oil based) and paint thinners – in most areas, latex paints can be put in the garbage after the paint is completely dried. Adding kitty litter to the paint will expedite this.
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Pool chemicals and poisons
- Propane tanks
Many counties have household hazardous waste programs. Two or more times per year the county will collect certain hazardous products. Residents must drop items at a specified location on the collection days. Types of items accepted vary by county. Contact your local town hall or sanitation company for information about hazardous waste collections in your area.
Taking care of household hazardous waste products safely improves the quality of your home environment by getting toxins out of area and leaves more space for the things you use and love!