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Waste management and proper disposal of household waste have become a must in today’s day and age. Different colour-coded bins (Green/Grey, Brown and Blue) have made disposing of waste more effectively. Many homeowners, considering the fact that wood is natural a product, assume that disposing of it will be easy. However, this is not the case. There are many things which a person needs to get familiarized with to ensure that he can indeed dispose of unwanted wood safely and correctly. Read on to know more on the subject.



What bin does wood go in?

Firstly, let’s consider the general distinction, and categorize wood into untreated and treated wood. Untreated wood like dimensional lumber, clean timber, limbs and stumps are recyclable. On the other hand, wood treated with creosote, painted wood, stained wood and/or contaminated wood cannot be recycled and needs to be disposed of properly.

Burning these treated wood types to get rid of them may seem logical; however, it is highly discouraged. As these are treated with toxic chemicals, so when burnt harmful chemicals are released into the atmosphere. Furthermore, it is illegal to burn treated wood in many areas. Thus, specialized landfills are built with protective liners. It is the job of these liners to ensure that no contaminants during and/or after the disposal process are spilt over the water and soil nearby. Going for this option is considered as one of the safest ways to dispose of treated wood.

There are also many recycling plants known for successful dispose of treated wood by first turning then into mulch, and then following their usual recycling process.

You should use specially-marked large bins to store treated woods before you hand them over to the landfill/recycling plant. It is advisable that you cut large pieces of treated wood (by following the safety protocol) into smaller pieces before dumping them in the specialized bin.


How to recycle wood?

Besides untreated woods, there are many other types of wood that can be recycled and urban waste wood is one of them. It is generally your wooden furniture and yard waste like sawed lumber, maintenance debris, a whole tree from the yard and pruned branches. Wood debris from demolition and/or construction used lumber, wood trim and pallets used for shipping can also be recycled.

Brown bin is for kitchen and garden waste, known to be perfect for pruning, leaves and grass cutting. There are many different recycling plants that can successfully dispose of untreated woods. You can contact them and they will guide you on what you have to do before you hand the wood waste to them.

Some other popular ways to recycle your untreated wood are:

  • Burning them for fuel for wood stove or fireplace.
  • Reselling or donating the unused wood items.
  • Using old furniture and other wood items for a new project.
  • Turning wood chips and sawdust into mulch.
  • Adding wood shavings and sawdust in the compost heap.


Is wood compostable?

Untreated woods are a natural product and thus can is compostable. Small pieces are known for decomposing within 12months. However, anything bigger than a twig will take a long time to decompose. Thus, big wood pieces and large branches should be broken/cut down into smaller pieces to avoid a clogged-up compost heap. As it takes a long time to compost, it will be best to have a dedicated space for it for better management and result.


Is wood biodegradable?

Yes; untreated woods are a natural product which makes them biodegradable.


Can you recycle wood with nails?

Often wood fit for recycling can come with metal components such as nails and screws. Often times recycling plants are known for taking wood with nails. They use different methods to extract the nails before going on with the recycling process.

Nails or other such metal components that are large in size can damage a recycling machine. Thus, many times recycling plants may instruct people to remove those large metal pieces including nails before handing them over.

Removing such components is not that difficult and there are many methods/devices that can help. Magnets are generally used by homeowner/business-owner/recycling centres to remove nails and other ferrous metals. On the other hand, eddy current separator is the most popular choice to remove items like brass and aluminium fittings and other such non-ferrous metal items.


Is plywood recyclable?

As plywood is treated; it is considered as a Class b form of wood. They are not compostable; however, they are recyclable. But the plywood should be separated from other wood types in order to be recycled. Usually, a specialized shredder machine is used to shed them for the recycling process.


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It has been disputed if throwing lighters away in the trash is safe, there are conflicting arguments as to why it is safe and why it is not. Providing the lighter is fully spent and does not contain any fluid or gas, it should be safe. If the lighter is not fully spent, then you do run the risk of the fuel igniting. In order for the fuel to ignite, there must be a spark that is highly unlikely.


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A lot of people suggest that you place lighters into another solid container before throwing them in the trash, and keep the trash in a place that does not get hot or have direct sunlight. Aside from the elements having an impact on the actual lighter, another factor to consider is if any kids or animals could dig through the trash and be harmed by the lighter.

If you are in any doubt as to what you should do, we would suggest contacting your local municipality to ask them if lighters are classified as hazardous waste and how they should be disposed of.


Can You Recycle Disposable Lighters?

Because manufacturers do not identify which specific materials and compounds are used in their lighters, it is advised not to recycle them. Disposable lighters are designed in such a way that they are not made to be refilled, meaning that once the gas has been spent you should throw it in the trash and purchase a new one. There are ways to hack the lighter in order to be able to refill it, but we would suggest against this. The best and most environmentally safe option is to purchase a lighter that can be refilled, and therefore will reduce waste as you will not be throwing plastic and metal in the trash every time your lighter gas or fluid is spent.


How Do I Safely Dispose of a Lighter in the Trash?

If you have read the above and still wish to dispose of a lighter in your regular trash, there is a way you can do this to prevent anything happening and stay safe. We would firstly suggest that you make sure all of the gas or fluid in your lighter is spent, you can do this by holding down the button and you will hear all of the gas coming out with a hissing noise. After this step, we suggest taking the lighter apart. The best way to do this is to remove the flint and metal and throw them in the trash separately – this way you can be sure that the lighter cannot be found in the trash and reused or that it will accidentally ignite.


Please note that this article is for informative purposes only, and you should seek advice from your local municipality if you have any doubts about the correct way to dispose of your trash. We can also not be held responsible for any issues that may occur from you following the direct information given in this article.

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Can you throw away a TV? If this is your question, the honest answer here is no. Like many other electronics, TV sets contain harmful chemicals and parts that might pose a significant danger to the environment when left out in the typical pits. Again many pits will not accept this type of trash, and it might not be possible for you to throw a TV there. Other states have laws that might land you in jail or a hefty fine if you are found throwing a TV in the pits.

Instead of throwing away your TV and harming your environment, there are better ways that you can use to dispose of your TV without hurting anyone and facing the law. So how can you dispose of your old TV set safely?


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Donating your TV will be a better idea than throwing it away. This way, you will make a change to someone’s life and also conserve your environment. However, before donating your TV, you need to check if it is working correctly. Check all the buttons and other components if they are working correctly and if not refrain from donating your TV. The best places to give your TV include relatives, needy friends, and other nonprofits organizations such as churches and nursing homes. All you need to do is to ask your relatives and friends if they need a TV or to recommend to you where you can donate your TV.


Sell your old TV

Again if your TV is working well, you can decide to make some cash from it. Why should you throw away something that you can make cash from and pay a few bills? Selling your old TV shouldn’t be a hassle with many online retailers who can buy and resell your TV at a good value. You can also sell your TV on your own by advertising it in the available market places such as Craigslist, eBay,, LetGo, Geebo, or Facebook Marketplace.


Recycle your TV

Recycling your old TV might also be a perfect idea instead of throwing it to a pit. The good thing is that many recycling companies will collect the TV at your home for free. You can also return the old TV to the manufacturer if they have a recycling option. Some manufacturers will even refund you a little cash for returning the TV.


Repair your TV

If you want to throw away your TV just because it’s not functioning, this might be the best option for you. By repairing your faulty TV, it means you will save the environment and your pocket at the same time. Although a repair company might charge you, it will not be costly as buying a new one. All you need to do is to drop your faulty TV to the repair company and give them some time to bring it back to life. Other companies will do the collection for you some at a fee and others free of charge.

So, there is no need to throw your old TV away. There is always a better way to dispose of your TV safely, and all you need is to choose the one that fits you.

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Most people do not know what hazardous wastes are and how dangerous they can be to humans and the environment when disposed of carelessly. It is common to see people throw away their used car batteries in their trash can along with other household wastes probably because they do not know such practices are against the law.

There are laws guiding the disposal of toxic wastes like car batteries. In this post, we will be answering some important questions bothering on the right and wrong ways to dispose of your toxic wastes.


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Best disposal method for car batteries

Nowadays, about 98% of used car batteries are being recycled for the production of other useful products. Here is what you can do to make sure your used battery gets to the designated cycling point.

1. Take your used battery to a recycling plant.
You can search for the nearest recycling depot to you by searching through your local phone book or go to any top search engine and enter the relevant keywords.

2. Take your used car battery to an auto shop
Most auto shops will pay you to get your used car batteries. They will be in a better position to know where to take it for recycling. You can also take your used car battery to a dealer who deals on auto parts and batteries.

3. Return your used battery to the retailer
Most batteries go with core charges. Check to see if you paid a core charge when you purchased the battery. Drop your battery with the retailer and collect back your core charge.

Car battery disposal FAQ

Can you throw car batteries in the garbage?

Car batteries like every lead-acid battery cannot be thrown into your garbage can. The sound of acid and lead alone is enough to warn you of the dangers of throwing your car batteries into your garbage. Neither lead nor acid should be released into the environment carelessly for any reason.

Can you throw car batteries into the recycle bin?

You don’t have the legal permits to recycle your car batteries as that would be hazardous to you and your immediate environment. The best you could do would be to find out the designated collection site near you.

Can you throw your car batteries into the ocean?

This is never an advisable way of disposing of your car batteries. Throwing your car batteries into oceans is far more dangerous than any other disposal methods. The lead and acid in the car batteries pose a big threat to all aquatic lives and can kill off every water-dwelling organisms. Also, man depends on these aquatic animals as sources of protein and on the water for drinking and other purposes. Contaminated fish and polluted water can lead to massive epidemics and deaths.


Always remember to take safety measures when handling old care batteries. Wear hand gloves and wrap the battery with a very thick plastic bag. Never leave your old car battery out in the open where your kids can find them and play with them.

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You might have come across antifreeze or coolants if you own a car or any other engine that requires the use of these substances. You might have even spilled the substance at times and really wonder if it’s dangerous or not, if the spill will evaporate or not, if you should clean it immediately or get to t after you’re done with your present task, you might even contemplate leaving it till a later time. What you should know about Antifreeze or coolant as they are sometimes called is that they are highly fatal to the health and require immediate response and careful use as possible.

Antifreeze is a substance that is usually added to a solvent in order to lower its freezing point. It is added to the water present in internal combustion engines to keep the water cool and below its natural freezing point. Antifreeze as a substance is usually chemically stable and is a good conductor of heat as much as it is a very poor conductor of electricity. Antifreeze is also by some people called coolants and can be found in the radiator of vehicles as the colored-water.

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An antifreeze substance is useful for:

Antifreeze is a highly toxic substance whose injection (whether mistaken or deliberately) can lead to fatal consequences like damages on the liver and other vital organs of the human body causing a gradual, slow and painful death. The sweet taste of antifreeze can also make it hard for people who are not knowledgeable about it to put themselves in harm with the substance out of ignorance. It is for these reasons that antifreeze requires special care and attention and shouldn’t be kept at places where it can be of harm to anybody.

Is it bad to spill antifreeze?

Antifreeze often gets spilled at times in different ways such as:

Spills and leaks from antifreeze shouldn’t be let to wait for evaporation as when spilled, antifreeze rarely becomes evaporated. They instead form a poodle of colored liquid that needs to be attended to with immediate effect.

What to do when you’ve spilled antifreeze

If antifreeze does not evaporate when spilled and is very dangerous to your health, it is then of utmost importance that you clean up and get rid of the spill immediately.

Steps you can take to clean the spill are:

So, now that you are aware of the dangers of antifreeze and it’s spill and that the spill doesn’t get evaporated and that a simple contact can be fatal, we believe that you will become more careful with the use of the substance and your interaction with it and in case of any accidental spill, you know the process to clean it up and stay safe.


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Styrofoam, also known as EPS is commonly found in house-hold packaging and it is a kind of plastic. Sometimes called, Polystyrene, is a type of foam is made up of harmful chemicals and used in many products, from insulating the house to Styrofoam cups. Many restaurants used to serve their drinks Styrofoam cups because it was cheap and could be thrown away easily, however, due to its threat to humans, the use of Styrofoam in the food industry has decreased.

The issue with Styrofoam today is that it does not get disposed of properly. People and even companies are confused about whether it can be recycled because it’s known as plastic, or whether it belongs in the garbage.

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Break it down

To throw away Styrofoam, you want to first look at any parts attached that are recyclable. These could be a piece of paper, glass or cardboard attached to the Styrofoam. You want to take those pieces apart and put the recyclable materials aside. If your Styrofoam, is in large chunks, you want to break it down into smaller pieces using a utility knife. For example, sometimes large TVs come wrapped in Styrofoam, and you would need to break the Styrofoam down into smaller chunks. This will make it easier to fit into a garbage bag or a single bin.

How to dispose of Styrofoam

Depending on your city and local garbage and recycling removal policies, Styrofoam can be disposed of either in recycling or garbage. Today, recycling Styrofoam is costly, thus cities encourage residents to dispose of their Styrofoam in the garbage. The only type of Styrofoam that can be safely recycled is Styrofoam that is clean and white, without anything attached to it. If the foam is dyed or in large chunks, it won’t be accepted.

Many times we see our fast food come in Styrofoam containers. If you look on the lid or inside, you may see a number 6, or the triangular recyclable sign. This means that the Styrofoam can be processed into plastic, and thus can be recycled. If you are unsure, contact your local garbage or recycling agency to inquire about Styrofoam pick up or drop off locations and disposal instructions. If all else fails, some online companies or manufacturers will accept “mail-in” Styrofoam; however, that can be costly to you as you will need to cover the cost of shipping and handling.

Environmentally friendly

If you want to be environmentally friendly, you can also re-use your Styrofoam. You can re-use them for future shipments or donate them to your local thrift store. Children and youth love to play with Styrofoam, making crafts and props out of it. They can glue them, use markers or dye and even pain to create anything.

What not to do

As a word of caution, you never want to burn Styrofoam. Burning Styrofoam will cause chemicals such as carbon monoxide into the air, and if inhaled can make you ill or potentially lead to death.


As a result of the confusion around disposing of Styrofoam, a new company called Styro-Go, is launching in different parts of Canada. This mobile company saw an issue; when trucks come to pick up blue recycling carts from residences, the Styrofoam gets compacted into the truck and broken down into very tiny pieces. This gets mixed in with paper and contaminates other products. Styro-Go offers a drop off program where anyone can drop off their Styrofoam and it is melted down properly by the companies equipment or disposed of. The Styrofoam can be condensed on the spot with special machinery.

Is Styrofoam safe?

Although Styrofoam is not exactly environmentally friendly, they are still being used everywhere. Styrofoam accounts for 1% of all waste and is often found on beaches and oceans as well. It also makes up 10 to 40% of garbage and litter found in streams and lakes. These little pieces look like food, and if ingested by wild animals they can choke and die.

Aside from being a threat to the environment, studies are aiming to prove the health dangers of Styrofoam, such as heating your food up in Styrofoam containers, leading to cancer and other diseases. Today, Styrofoam is regulated and used in many countries, however, maybe it would be best to put a ban on Styrofoam; there are many alternatives!