Most people produce trash on a daily basis - okay, pretty much everyone. In your home there are certain items that when you are ready to throw them away you need to take into account the proper way to do so. This is one way to care for our environment and some things can be harmful; HHW stands for harmful household waste and should not be thrown in your home trash. In this blog post I'll share with you 5 things that need special attention.
Water-based latex paint-
For large amounts, combine this with absorbent materials like sand or cat litter. once it's dried out you can dispose of at your home. Small amounts will usually dry just by leaving the lid off. The other option is to purchase paint hardener, which you can find at your local home improvement store.
This is considered a HHW and must be trashed at a local facility for this type of item. There will be a free collection for Berks County residents on October 24, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium, Rt. 61, Reading, Pa.
This is probably the most complicated one because there are many different types of batteries. Button cell batteries (the ones you put in watches, etc.) need to be recycled and if you get the battery replaced somewhere they will usually recycle it for you. All states except CA allow single-use alkaline batteries to go in the household trash. Most recycling facilities accept them. If they are rechargeable batteries you must recycle them- Best Buy will take any less than 10lbs, and laptop, cellphone and battery backups.
There are "take-back" locations where you can take this medicine to be disposed of safely. There are many in Berks county, so click here and scroll to our county to find them. A lot of them are police departments. This is the easiest and safest option available. Before recycling it black out your personal information or remove the label.
For VHS, cassettes, CD & DVD disposal take them to the dump. Fewer places are accepting old tech for donations so often that option is out. You can call local places to see if they are still taking CDs & DVDs before delivering them. Another option for those might be online sales, like Ebay or Craigslist.
Household cleaning supplies
Ideally using them up or giving them to someone who is willing to would be the best option. Cleaners that are water-soluble gels, liquids or powders can go down the drain with water. Other types may have disposal instructions on the label or you can call your local recycling plant to see if they will accept it.
Keep this in mind, and bookmark this as a reference for future use, because I guarantee you'll have at least one of these things to dispose of in the future!
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.