Dangerous Items At Home That Don’t Belong In A Bin

On April 12, 2019 by Himanshu Shah

Green House

In its pristine condition, that now empty pizza box on your table is fine for recycling. Once contaminated with grease, however, it has nowhere to go but the trash bin, as it is impossible to extract the grease from paper fibres. The same thing goes with other generally recognised non-recyclable items such as plastic bubble wraps and Styrofoam food boxes.

While we are these days more aware of the importance of recycling and quite a number of us has joined the movement, there remains a lot of us who may be clueless on how to do it properly.

Hazardous Waste

Danger of Hazardous Waste

Often in our consumer-based society, if we’re not simply replacing a broken or outdated item, we purchase new versions of products, thinking that the new items are better or more efficient. But, what may have not crossed your mind is the question on whether the items you are disposing are potentially dangerous or not and if they should just be dumped into a regular trash bin.

You may be shocked to know that these potentially dangerous products may be found all over your house. Nearly all of your electronics have a host of hazardous pieces such as cadmium, lead, mercury and arsenic – items that are harmful to people and environmental health. Thus, a great deal of thought and care must be put into the disposal of many of our old items. While most of the things at home can be safely recycled if taken to the right recycling places, they should definitely not be thrown into the bin.

Chemicals

Chemicals Waste

Our households are full of chemicals which should never go into the trash, as they need to be treated correctly and often with extreme care. We use a range of cleaning products, bleaches and detergents, pesticides and solvents, along with many corrosive substances, which is thrown in the trash can end up in a landfill, subsequently contaminating our waterways and the ground. Batteries from the very small, to larger ones such as car batteries are full of acids and dangerous metals, which can be efficiently recycled, but which if thrown out as trash are often incinerated, releasing dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere. Your old fridge uses a refrigerant which also needs to be professionally dealt with rather than just being chucked out on the street with your other trash.

Building Materials

Building Materials Waste

Older properties especially may contain dangerous materials such as asbestos, which was commonly used as a supposedly safe and fireproof building product. Removal and disposal of such require professional help, and should never, ever be thrown into the bin. Fortunately for Queenslanders, there is a Sunshine Coast skip bin hire service you can rely on to help you deal with such a problem safely.

Medical Waste

Medical Waste

Many households have a variety of medicines which accumulate over the years, and when you have a spring clean, it may seem like a simple solution to throw it in the trash. Medications contain a variety of chemicals, many of which can be hazardous if they find their way into the groundwater and soil. Other medical waste such as needles and sharps should also never be thrown in the bin, containing as they do, bacteria and diseases.

Check First

Trash Bins

Whatever you are throwing out needs to be disposed of correctly, and with the benefit of Google and the Internet, it isn’t that difficult to find out what needs special attention and what doesn’t. Your decisions can impact not only our environment but the safety of those working in the refuse industry.

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