If it can't be sold or donated it's time to toss it. Be sure to dispose of each item properly and in a safe manner. Some items that require special attention include:
Hazardous waste is just that - hazardous, so why would we want that in our landfills? Luckily hazardous waste items such as cleaners, paint cans, motor oil, fluorescent light bulbs, chemicals, grease and CFL's can be discarded at most waste management facilities. Find the location nearest you.
medications & sharps
If you have medications that you no longer need, it is very important to discard them properly. The Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP) and the Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP) have now made it possible to drop off your unused health products at almost every pharmacy.
OMRP covers all prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications including topical antibiotic and anti fungal creams, natural health products that are orally ingested such as vitamins & minerals, traditional Chinese medicines, herbal products, probiotics, amino acids and homeopathic medicines.
OSCP will dispose of any sharps you may have in your home including those that have been used on pets. It's the safe way to keep needles out of our landfills.
Whether it be a broken television set, a computer mouse or a landline telephone; it's considered electronic and should be disposed of as such. For a electronics recycling drop-off location nearest you click here. This recycling service is free.
batteries & cellphones
Let's be honest. We ALL have an old flip phone and some dead batteries hanging around in a drawer somewhere, the question is why?
Call2Recycling is Canada's largest and most reliable battery recycling program. For a drop-off location nearest you, to check the battery recycling laws in your area, or for more information be sure to visit Call2Recycle.ca.
Instead of having your tires take up space in the landfill (or your garage), find a tire collector close to you and drop them off for free. Please note that the tire recycling program is for most on and/or off road passenger, industrial and agricultural vehicles only. Unfortunately tires from bikes, toys, push lawnmowers and commercial aircrafts cannot be recycled at this time. To see what sort of innovative products your recycled tires can be turned into click here.
Most people are aware that their food products can be placed in the green bin instead of the garbage. But did you know that the green bis isn't only for food?
Other acceptable green bin items include:
- Coffee grounds, filters & tea bags
- Tissues, napkins and paper towels (used without cleaning products)
- Paper food packaging: muffin paper, flour & sugar bags, paper plates, ice cream boxes, and fast food paper packaging
- Household plants and soil
- Pet food and animal waster (kitty litter, rodent bedding, etc.)
- Diapers & Sanitary products
- Paper Shreddings (in small amounts)
As much as you would like to, you cannot put all of your junk at the end of your driveway and hope that it disappears. That being said, there are some exceptions.
If the item works, is in one piece and could be used by others you can try putting it at the curb and see if it disappears. Be prepared though - if no one takes it you will have to find another option.
Some items that can be placed at the curb:
- Working Bikes
- Some furniture
If you have disposed of everything in the above categories than all you are left with is good old trash. Depending on the amount, there a few different options.
For small amounts: Dispose like normal and buy garbage tags for additional bags.