Most homeowners have some hazardous waste lying around. Hazardous waste includes chemicals or solids that could negatively impact the environment if disposed into the regular waste stream. Examples include paint, batteries, solvents, CFC light bulbs, cleaning agents, motor oil, and pesticides.
Most towns offer one day each year when residents can drop off hazardous waste items to a central location. The towns then incur the cost of ensuring they get disposed of in a safe manner. While this is a wonderful service, the fact that it only happens once a year means you need to be on your toes to make sure you don’t miss it.
What you can do NOW is check with your town, city or municipality to find out when your upcoming day will be. Put this day on your calendar. Next, gather together the items you would like to dispose of and put them in a weather-tight container (e.g. a large plastic bin). Store this container up and out of the reach of children and pets. Lastly, note the date when you will drop off in large letters on the outside of the container. [Note: You may find that your town disposal station will accept some hazardous items, such as for paint or e-waste, in an ongoing fashion. If so, you can get those items out of your space at any time.]
This isn’t a difficult “selfie-discipline,” but it is an important one.
Do you have hazardous waste that needs to go?