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If you are like most people, you probably do not think twice when throwing something in the garbage. While this may be a common experience, it can sometimes endanger both your home and the environment. Many hazardous household items cannot safely be disposed of like regular trash. Today we will be talking about what items you should not be putting in the trash and how you can contact We Move to handle it for you.

Batteries 

Batteries of any kind should never be thrown in the garbage because of the toxic chemicals and metals they contain. When batteries are heated or punctured, they can explode, catch fire and release these toxic components into the environment. 

How to dispose of: We Move can handle removing tricky things like this for any household. Before considering doing it yourself, call experts at We Move to make sure it’s disposed of properly. To safely dispose of household batteries, cover the battery ends with tape and take them to a household hazardous waste collection facility for recycling or disposal. As for used car batteries, take them to any battery retailer, and they will manage the rest. Oftentimes you can give them to the retailer you buy your new battery from for easy and safe disposal.

Electronics  

Although tossing electronics in the trash may not pose an immediate danger, most electronics contain toxic substances that have adverse effects on our environment and drinking water. With increased electronics being disposed of every year, the risk of environmental contamination grows.

How to dispose of: Keep these items out of landfills by donating old electronics to your community or recycling them with a local electronics processor. You can also contact We Move to handle this for you. 

Light bulbs 

Incandescent and halogen bulbs can safely be thrown away in the trash. However, fluorescent and LED bulbs contain toxic chemicals and metals that can risk personal safety and the environment. 

How to dispose of: To dispose of LED or fluorescent light bulbs, visit your local household hazardous waste facility for recycling or safe disposal. As for incandescent or halogen bulbs, prevent breaking the bulb by wrapping it in paper or plastic before placing it in the trash to help limit the danger to sanitation workers. Contact your local government or visit their official website for information on where you can safely dispose of used light bulbs, or call We Move to handle it for you.

Paint 

Many types of paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that evaporate into the air and can cause dizziness, headaches or breathing problems when inhaled. When improperly disposed of, paint can also contaminate drinking water and groundwater.

How to dispose of: Take your oil-based paint to your local household hazardous waste facility or paint retailer for safe disposal. Water-based paints are safe to dispose of in the trash at home but should be left to dry before being thrown away. We Move knows how to handle these tricky items and how to dispose of them properly! 

It is easy to throw things away, but it is important to remember that the things we toss in the trash can endanger our community, local wildlife, and the environment. We Move knows exactly how to handle tricky items like the ones listed and how to dispose of them properly. We handle jobs with items like these every single day! If you’re in need of an expert to help handle your junk and waste removal, call We Move today! (417) 708-3525