Common Household Items Not to Throw Away

Summertime cleaning is sure to hit many households in the coming months. From donating unwanted clothes to finally scrubbing the baseboards, a deep clean of one’s house is sure to leave everything feeling fresh and sanitized. When rummaging through those unwanted items, make sure you avoid tossing some common household supplies. While these items may appear to only be occupying space, their toxicity can pose environmental problems if not disposed of correctly. Here are some items to avoid chunking in the trash:

Used Paint – Paints, especially oil-based paints, contain toxic solvents that are also highly flammable. Varnishes, stains and other paints should be taken to your local government’s facility for hazardous materials.

Motor Oil – It’s actually illegal to toss motor oil outside our dump it down the drain. Not only does it contain harmful materials, it also carries high risk of contaminating nearby soil and water. Motor oil should be placed in a plastic container, sealed tightly and dropped off at a recycle center or a service station that accepts used oil.

CFL Lightbulbs – Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are environmentally friendly – until they hit your trashcan. These energy-saving bulbs contain high levels of mercury, which can be released into trash when broken. Use an approved recycling center when it comes time to dispose of these bulbs.


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