There is a serious problem in our world that more of us need to take steps toward fixing. We only have so much space to put the world’s refuse, and anything we can do to reduce the amount of trash we produce is a good thing. Part of this endeavor is to know what items should never find their way into the garbage or a landfill. Here are five things that you should never throw in the garbage if you’d like to join the fight against our growing trash problem.
Many people now know that old electronic devices are among the things that you should never throw in the garbage. These devices often have components inside them that can seriously damage the planet when they try to break down. Instead, you should look for a local e-waste recycler if you need to get rid of your old electronics, as they can dismantle them properly.
Garden and Lawncare Chemicals
You shouldn’t throw out any chemicals in the normal garbage, but common examples are things like weed killer or synthetic fertilizer. If you need to throw these away, the products themselves will usually tell you how to do so responsibly. Don’t try to throw these chemicals into your everyday trash, as they can seep into soil and water sources once inside a landfill.
If you have leftover medicine from a prescription that you no longer need, do not throw them into your trash can. Pharmaceuticals are full of different chemical agents that are OK for us but could damage the environment if they found their way into the garbage. Your pharmacy can take leftover medicine off your hands if you have too much.
Far too common in landfills, you can find a lot of perfectly usable clothing in the trash if you know where to look. The problem is that synthetic textiles and fabrics have materials that can never break down fully. We throw so many clothes away every year that pollute the Earth and water. The better option is to donate your old, usable clothes to a charity that can put those garments to better use.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Many people have fluorescent light bulbs somewhere in their homes. They don’t need a replacement often, but you must keep them away from your garbage can when they do. Fluorescent lights have many chemicals that we know can harm the environment if they aren’t disposed of properly.
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