3 Items You Shouldn't Throw In The Trash

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As the summer months approach many people are looking forward to some cleaning and organizing of the house. You might decide that you are going to go through your house and throw away many items that you no longer need. Although this is a great way to organize your house, it is important that if you choose to do this that you make sure that you are doing it in a safe way to protect the environment. This is because there are toxic and hazardous materials that people throw in the trash every day. Here are some things that you should never throw in the trash.

1. Paint

Oil-based paints are not safe to run down the sink, or throw into the trash. This is because they contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment and because they are oil based, they won't degrade like other paints and liquids.

Instead, you should consider taking unused paint back to the point of purchase and they can properly dispose of it. You can also donate the paint to a theater company, school or an art school. All of these places can use the paint without hurting the environment.

2. Electronics

When you are done with your old cell phone you can just toss it in the trash, right? Wrong! Electronics contain lead in them and lithium batteries. If you throw these in the trash they can emit these chemicals into the environment and compromise the air quality. This is why it is so important that you take electronics, such as DVD players, TVs, alarm clocks, cameras, etc., to a place that can safely dispose of them. The best way to dispose of these items is to recycle them. Donate them to a consignment store or electronic store where the parts can be reused.

3. Fluorescent Lights

If you use fluorescent lights in your house you might be wondering what you can to do to properly dispose of these items. Light bulbs have small traces of mercury in them, which is extremely toxic and dangerous. This is why it is important that you don't just throw them in the garbage.

If you need to dispose of these lights you should take them to your local hardware store or junk removal outlet (such as A. Viera Disposal & Sanitation, Inc.). They can break down the lights and remove the mercury so that it doesn't harm the environment.

These are just a couple things that you shouldn't throw in the trash. 

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