Garbage is an inevitable part of life. As much as you try to reduce, reuse, and recycle, the truth is that you will still end up generating waste that needs to be disposed of. However, the way that you dispose of your rubbish can make a big difference. Some trash disposal methods are more environmentally conscious than others. Here are four tips to help you get rid of your trash in the best way possible.
1. Thoroughly wrap sharp objects
Sometimes you might accidentally break a plate or glass. When that happens, before you throw the pieces into the trash can, you should thoroughly wrap them using a paper bag. This will keep you and the sanitation engineers safe when they handle the bag. Plus, it can keep you from having an unfortunate accident; sharp pieces of ceramic or glass can cut through the trash bag, making a big mess. If you have medical sharps, such as insulin needles, make sure to dispose of those in an appropriate sharps container. Never put the sharps container in the trash. Instead, have it collected by a hazardous waste disposal service that accepts biohazardous waste.
2. Rinse cleaning chemicals down the drain
After you're done with a bottle of bathroom cleaner or bleach, you should thoroughly rinse it before putting it in the trash. Empty any leftover product down the sink in a well-ventilated room and flush it with clean water. You may also want to give the inside of the bottle itself a light rinse. When you're done, you can throw it into your ordinary trash can.
3. Don't throw reusable batteries in the trash can
Most batteries are no longer made with hazardous materials, so you can throw them directly in your trash can along with your other household waste. Reusable batteries are the one exception. These batteries are made with heavy metals that can be dangerous to both humans and the environment if they begin to leak. Instead of throwing them away, return them to a battery recycling facility. If that's not an option, you can have them picked up by a hazardous waste disposal company.
4. Separate six-pack drink rings
The plastic rings that hold your six-packs of soda and beer together look innocuous. However, these rings can cause devastating damage to sea creatures and birds. Animals can get caught in these rings, which can lead to disfigurement or death. Do your part to save the animals by using a pair of scissors to snip the rings apart before throwing them away.
These days, there are so many new inventions and weird components to machines and appliances. It's hard to know what's safe to keep, recycle, or throw away when something is all used up. For example, I didn't know until a few months ago what to do with old ink cartridges, used computers, or antique printers. I finally called my local recycling center and asked for a list of things that can be recycled. They even told me about this weeklong event they hold every year where they set up recycling pickup stations for large items so you don't have to drive all the way to the center. Learn more tips and tricks about garbage removal on my blog.