Think about the trash you throw away on a daily basis. Much of it really is trash, but how much of what you throw away could be recycled, reused or otherwise kept out of the landfill? How about those items that are simply too dangerous /hazardous to send to your local landfill?
One of the most important waste removal considerations is determining what really shouldn’t be thrown away in the first place. Before you put anything else in the trash can, learn more about these items that you should stop throwing away now!
These seemingly innocuous items can take hundreds of years to decompose in the landfill. First, reduce your use when possible by using your own reusable bags in the grocery store or when packing your lunch. However, when you do find yourself with these bags in your possession, recycle them. Many large retail stores offer a simple bin for recycling.
Paint is one of the most hazardous things you can take to the landfill. While you may not want it sitting in your garage, putting it in the landfill is a recipe for disaster. Check with your local waste removal company and find out if they offer a program to safely dispose of this substance.
Household batteries that sit in landfills erode, allowing cadmium, mercury and other toxic materials to contaminate the ground. These toxins are dangerous to both humans and animals and can eventually seep into the water supply.
Consider using rechargeable batteries when possible and get rid of your single-use batteries by taking them to your local recycling center.
Reusing and recycling rubber just makes sense. Keep old tires, shoes and other sources of rubber out of the garbage by taking them to your recycling center. This rubber can be broken down and used to make insulation and used on playgrounds as a cushion to protect children from falls. Plus, many shoe manufacturers are now using recycled rubber in their manufacturing process.
Throwing things away should be something we think about--instead of doing mindlessly. There are so many items put into the landfill that could be disposed of in a more eco-friendly manner.
These items described above are a great place to start with your plans for improved waste removal.
- Plastic Bags
- Drink Cans and Bottles
- Household Batteries
Are you interested in learning more about waste management and ensuring that your hazardous waste is being properly disposed of, contact us today.