How to Dispose of Household Items, Large and Small
Posted June 22, 2014

Following are household items that, sooner or later, we all will need to get rid of or recycle. If you didn’t know already, now you’re the person with the answers when it comes to disposing of the following.

Cleaning Products:
Make sure to read labels on bottled cleaners to find out how the manufacturer recommends you do (or don’t) dispose of them. In most cases, water-soluble products can be flushed down the drain with running water, and solid cleaning products such as bar soap and scouring pads can be thrown in the trash.

Cell phones:
Make sure that all of your information is deleted before disposal. Remove the batteries which should be disposed of separately. Plenty of organizations or stores offer ways to donate cell phones to troops overseas or victims of domestic violence, just to name a few.

Halogen light bulbs:
These are bulbs that are similar to their mercury-filled counterparts (fluorescents, neon lights, ultraviolet bulbs) and can be thrown in the trash. Make sure you wrap them in the original packaging or newspaper for safety in disposal. This type of bulb cannot be recycled.

Lithium batteries:
This type of battery is most commonly found in cell phones, digital cameras and laptops. Dispose of these properly by placing them in clear packing then place masking or electrical tape on the end of the battery. The more commonly used batteries such as A, AA, AAA, C, D – don’t require any taping unless they are identified as lithium. They can be thrown directly into the trash.

Blue-ray player: You can visit the following e-Steward website to find a recycler in your area. E-Steward is a program certified in safely handling discarded electronics.

Microwave ovens:
Plastic microwave ovens can go straight in the trash. Metal microwave ovens can be recycled as scrap metal. To locate this type of recycler, contact your city or municipality.

Never toss your old TV monitor in the trash. CRTs, LCDs and plasma sets contain toxic material such as lead and are considered hazardous waste. You can contact your local sanitation department for information on recycling or contact your local electronics store to see if they have a drop-off policy.

Washers and Dryers:
If these are still in working order, give them a second life by donating them to a shelter. If you are purchasing new appliances, ask the manufacturer if they are certified to recycle the old ones. If all else fails, call your local recycling office and ask if they can be left on the curb, or ask where the nearest recycling facility is located.

Because these are larger appliance, contact the local department of public works to schedule a removal. According to the EPA, removal can be free or a minimal fee charged . Duke Energy currently has an appliance recycle program for their customers and pays the customer for some appliances. Follow the link below or visit their website for additional information if you qualify.

Posted By: Michelle Keaton-Barrow
June 22, 2014 07:45 PM

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