What happens to your garbage after you get rid of it? If you’re like most people, you don’t give it much thought, but whether or not you know it, you’re thinking about it more than past generations. Simply separating glass or plastic from regular garbage and putting it in the recycling bin is more than many people did in the past. As a result, we’re wasting fewer resources, depositing less non-biodegradable waste into landfills, and keeping our air and water cleaner. However, even though we’re smarter than we’ve ever been about disposing our waste responsibly, there’s still a lot that isn’t common knowledge.
The American household generates a lot of waste over the course of a year, and not all of it falls into an easily identifiable category. For example, most everyone knows now that glass or plastic bottles should be recycled to save energy and keep them out of landfills, but what about bottles that are half-filled with household cleansers? Fluorescent light bulbs are made of glass, but does that mean they’re safe to put in the recycling bin? What should you do if you have old car tires or a broken washing machine that you have to get rid of?
Although much of the garbage and waste generated by the average American household easily can be thrown away in the garbage can or recycling bin, occasionally there will be items that you’re not sure how to dispose of properly. In those cases, you may need to consider an alternative method of disposal, such as a hazardous waste facility or hiring a junk removal service. The following guide tells you how to get rid of almost anything you may need to dispose of safely. If you’re unsure of what to do with certain items, take a moment to think about it and make sure you’re disposing of those items in the most responsible manner.