How To Properly Dispose of Special Waste

How To Properly Dispose of Special Waste

Trash is a big part of our lives, but we don’t give it much thought. Most waste—food, paper, plastic, metal, and more—it easy to dispose of. Toss it in the garbage, toss that garbage bag in your dumpster, and let the garbage collectors pick it up. However, certain kinds of waste need special handling. Here’s a list of waste that requires special handling as well as how to dispose of it properly.

Asbestos

If you own an older home or building, asbestos might exist in the building materials. Asbestos was common in building materials through much of the 20th century, until the 1980s, to fireproof buildings, strengthen concrete and other materials, and prevent condensation. Unfortunately, this miraculous material can break down and cause all sorts of health issues, such as mesothelioma and cancer, if inhaled.

You might encounter asbestos during rehabbing and reconstruction. Have your home tested for asbestos before beginning any major projects. If inspectors find asbestos, you’ll have to hire certified asbestos remediators to remove and dispose of it.

Medical Waste

Hospitals dispose of medical waste by using supplies that can carry contaminated objects. Even the smallest amount of medical waste can be hazardous. For example, if someone uses disposable syringes to administer insulin, they must dispose of the used needles in a bright red “sharps” container. While it’s preferable to melt sharps, the red container alerts waste disposal personnel to take precautions and avoid cuts and infections.

Motor Oil

If you’re the sort of handy DIYer who works on your car, good for you! At the same time, you must be mindful of where you dispose of used motor oil and other fluids. You can’t simply toss motor oil with the regular trash. Drain the oil into a secure container, including the oil in the filter. Next, if your town or city has a recycling program for motor oil. Also, some auto parts stores and local mechanics may allow you to drop off used oil.

Appliances

Another way to properly dispose of special waste, like an old appliance, is not to leave it out for the trash collectors. Many appliances contain elements that require removal and separate disposal. For example, refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units use freon, which must be drained and disposed of before the rest of the machine reaches the landfill or scrap yard. Other appliances can hold mercury or other poisonous materials. When you buy a new appliance, the store may take the old one off your hands. Otherwise, contact your local recycling center for advice.

 

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.