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.
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.