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Apr 10, 2013

How To Properly Dispose of Hazardous Materials

While getting rid of waste should always be championed, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Recycling can do wonders for the environment, while improper disposal of certain items can do an equal amount of damage. Most people are aware of these issues, but knowing how to deal with them is not common knowledge. So, how can you make sure you’re follow the proper disposal methods?

Learn What Items Are Hazardous Materials – Understanding which items are considered hazardous may seem tedious, however you can make it a bit easier on yourself by not overthinking it. First, examine the products you want to dispose and check for any warnings or symbols indicating they are toxic, flammable, or corrosive. This is an immediate sign that you will need to take precaution during disposal. Examples of hazardous materials include batteries, paint, and pesticides.

Exchange or Donate – This idea may seem counterproductive, but why not help others if the option presents itself? Many times, communities will have organized events where items can be donated and put to good use. This can also help extend the use of products. For example, leftover pesticides could be put to use by public works throughout the community.

Find a Disposal Location – Once you have a list of items of what you are looking to dispose of (that cannot be donated first), find a disposal area. Most States or local communities have designated areas where hazardous materials can be dropped off for proper disposal. To find these areas, contact your local government.

Properly disposing of hazardous materials does not have to be a complicated process. In fact, your community and local government can help you make the process very easy. So when you’re doing your spring cleaning over the next few weeks, keep this in mind and help minimize waste.

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