We’re sure many New Jersey homeowners have come across a situation where they don’t know if something can be put out with the trash, or if it should be disposed of in another safe manner. Well, we’re here to clear things up a big for you with a list of…
Everyday Toxic Items That Don’t Belong in the Trash:
- Motor Oil
The proper and legal way to dispose of motor oil is to place it in a clean plastic container with a tight lid and bring it to a location that is able to take it off of your hands, such as recycling centers, car service stations and automotive stores.
Also known as e-waste, electronics contain heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, which should not be thrown away with regular trash. The best bet for getting rid of old electronics is to donate them or take them to a recycling center.
Some paints (oil-based, stains, varnishes, etc.) contain chemicals that can be harmful to humans, animals and the environment, and they also qualify as household hazardous waste. Any leftover paint can be donated to schools, theater groups, or non-profit agencies.
Because there are many shapes and sizes of batteries, there are a few ways to dispose of them. To find an appropriate method of disposal, you can call 1-800-8-BATTERY.
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and should be taken to a hazardous waste facility. You can find the nearest hazardous waste material facility on Earth911.com. Compact fluorescent light bulbs can be dropped off at any Home Depot or IKEA store, as well.
Be sure you know how to get rid of any hazardous or toxic materials in a proper manner to help protect our environment!