There are many ways to dispose of garbage in an environmentally friendly manner. By recycling and composting your trash, you will reduce the need for landfills and save money. Many cities and towns have implemented recycling programs, making it easy to do the right thing for the planet. Be sure to dispose of hazardous materials, such as batteries and heavy duty cleaning products, in a safe and environmentally conscious manner as well.
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Place recyclable trash into a designated recycling bin and have it picked during your normal trash service. Recyclable items include plastics, paper, cans and cardboard. Many trash services supply households with recycling bins, and pick up recyclable items along with garbage.Some states, such as California, have recycling programs that reimburse money for recycled objects such as tin cans or glass and plastic bottles.
Place compostable garbage items in a bin located outside of your home. Some compostable materials include untreated paper products, biodegradable plastic, any part of a fruit or vegetable such as the seeds or rinds, food, and matches. Compost consists of decomposing organic matter.
Place trash items that are not recyclable or compostable into a garbage bag and put it into a trash can. There are a number of different types of trash cans available, and they are commonly made of plastic, wood and or metal. Most cities and towns have garbage pickup readily available for a small fee. If you live in an area that doesn't offer a trash service, bring your garbage to a local dump. Dumps may charge per pound, making it cost-effective to recycle and compost items to minimize the weight of the garbage.
Hazardous material disposal
Hazardous materials, such as paint cans, used oil and chemical-based products, should be taken to a local company that will correctly dispose of the materials. Most recycling companies will accept hazardous material, and will dispose of it in a an environmentally friendly manner. Do not dispose of hazardous materials in garbage bins.
Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.