Items you may be throwing away can contaminate land and water for thousands of years. Sure you won’t be here, but someone will and they will be dealing with your waste. You know the cycle…
Most communities have special disposal procedures for things like used oil and batteries. For instance used cooking oil can be taken to one of the City of Hoover’s nine fire stations for recycling into biodiesel fuel. Contact 205-444-7655 or firstname.lastname@example.org for locations.
Items like ink cartridges can probably be recycled where you bought them. And many of the new CFL bulbs contain mercury, so proper disposal is crucial. Check with the store you buy them from for options for proper disposal.
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