The amount of waste that is accumulated within communities has reached unbelievably high numbers. Whether you are looking to get rid of old furniture, old appliances, electronics or even broken light bulbs or batteries, there is a correct procedure to follow. Many large items and electronic materials require specific steps to ensure they have been disposed of in a proper manner.
Larger furniture items such as old couches or end tables can be left at the side of the road for pick up or donated to second hand stores. Depending on your garbage schedule, if you are living in Toronto, Mississauga or Vaughan Ontario you will dispose of your large items a couple times a year during a designated junk day. However, items like light bulbs, batteries and electronics require a special disposal procedure and cannot be placed at the side of the road. These items are considered hazardous household waste and cannot simply be placed in the regular garbage. Where does hazardous waste go you ask? Look here.
With the eco-friendly movement that is currently becoming popular, many people are trying to replace their old light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. However, these old bulbs contain mercury, which is extremely hazardous to the environment and must be disposed of properly. There are many businesses and organizations throughout North America that will dispose of these lights for you such as IKEA or Home Depot. There are also some organizations that will take these bulbs off you hands such as Earth 911, Proeco Corporation and Environmental Lamp Disposal. Regardless of where you are living, whether it be in the Halifax or in Ottawa, there are many local businesses that will dispose of light bulbs for you.
Many types of batteries are extremely toxic to the environment and may affect people's health if they are not properly disposed of. They are considered toxic waste and must be disposed of as such. The first option is to re-use or return it to a local federal facility. Some items may even be returned to the manufacturer and they can recycle the product. If the battery cannot be reused then it should be taken to a licensed landfill or waste facility. Some batteries that are not as toxic may be returned to drop off points in federal buildings and businesses. Even some business areas may have drop off points for batteries.
Depending of the state of the electronic devices you are looking to get rid of, there are a few options for disposal. The easiest way to dispose of broken electronics is to return them to retail stores that have recycling stations. If the item is still in working order or needs a few new parts, you may want to donate it to a non-for-profit organization or a charity. These organizations are in constant need of items such as computers, printers, phones and televisions and would appreciate any free materials. You most likely will not want to tote your electronics around town attempting to get rid of them. The best option may be too look at disposing of it by placing it on an interest site such as Craigslist. This will require minimal effort on your part and you may be able to fulfill someone else's need.
Due to the vast amount of waste currently being produced, it is important that individuals do their part to ensure we are working to better our environment. Make sure that toxic items are disposed of in a proper manner to ensure the safety of people and the environment.
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