Did you know nail polish remover is banned from the trash? How about greeting cards that play music?
It’s common knowledge by now that batteries, paint and poison are banned from the trash, but there are plenty of other every day items that cannot be sent to the landfill. Not only do these items contain chemicals or compounds that contaminate the environment and harm the air, water and possibly our food, they can cause risks to the people handling the trash.
Here’s a partial list of items that are banned from the trash and must be either recycled or disposed of at a collection facility:
Lights, batteries and electronics
Computer and television monitors
Items containing mercury
Electronic switches and relays
Household and landscape chemicals
Motor oil and filters
Materials containing PCBs
There are many more items that cannot be disposed in the trash.
Visit CalRecycle’s website to find out more about universal and toxic waste, and to find your local government’s household hazardous waste collection site.