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10/22/2018 8:30:06 AM

When you discover how dangerous it is to throw these household items in trash can, you`ll be stunned

It`s easy to not think about what we throw into our trash cans, but it`s time that we start. On top of some terrible smells, the dangers lurking in our waste can have a terrible impact on our planet, wildlife and the sanitation workers valiantly doing the dirty work for us. One man`s trash may be another man`s treasure, but that`s simply not the case with any these household items.

1.) Even once they`re used up, they are still full of yucky chemicals.

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2.) Fluorescent and CFL bulbs contain toxic chemicals, but incandescent and halogen are fine to toss.

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3.) Even if there is just a little bit of fluid left, they are still dangerous and flammable.

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4.) They aren`t just crowding up your kitchen, most recycling programs cannot handle their high volume. Check out Plastic Film Recycling for more options.

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5.) Unfortunately, even empty cosmetics cannot be recycled due to the chemicals used in the products, but there are specific recycling programs through retailers like Origins and Aveda.

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6.) Like paint and stains, these contain similar toxic chemicals and must be completely dried out in order to be disposed of properly.

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7.) The danger level here should be pretty obvious. Before throwing out any dud or unused fireworks, soak them in water over night.

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8.) It`s better to use non-toxic supplies in general, but if you do use chemical products and have some leftover either give them to someone else to use or take them to a hazardous waste center.

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9.) A huge dang mess for you and the waste processors alike. Best to just save it for later cooking.

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10.) Both flammable AND poisonous, these should be taken to hazard waste collection centers or recycling locations once completely dried out.

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11.) Both human and animal hair is full of nitrogen which would be better used in compost piles to create cheap fertilizer.

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12.) Unless you`re buying strictly organic, these are full of chemicals that inflict a lot of damage.

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13.) Broken glass is one of the largest causes of injury for sanitation workers while processing our waste.

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14.) The mercury in these old fashioned temperature takers can be a health hazard if broken.

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