Waste Disposal 101: Safely Getting Rid of Common Household Substances

When dealing with household substances that need disposing of, not everything can go in the trash or down the drain!

It’s crucial to know how to properly dispose of your waste. In this article, we will give you the lowdown on waste disposal and how to manage this safely in your own home.

Read on to find out more.

Watch Out for Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials aren’t just for the remit of construction sites or found in labs.

Materials and chemicals that can be cause for concern can be found in naturally occurring substances or even food products.

This is why understanding safety hazards in your own home is so crucial. Harmful acids such as benzoic acid can be found in things such as house plants or fresh food.

If disposed of incorrectly and under high temperatures, this can lead to respiratory tract infections and breathing difficulties.

Do your research and watch out for household materials that could be a danger or irritation to anyone living under your roof.

Recycling Electrical Items

Recycling electrical items is the easiest and safest way to dispose of your unwanted property. It’s also natural to invest in replacement goods if you’re current ones are old or faulty.

Recycling larger electrical items such as fridges and freezers is especially important as they can be harmful to the environment if sent to a landfill.

It will depend on the make or model of your item, but up until 2005, they could have been made with chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which get released into the air and damage the ozone layer.

Donating your electrical items to goodwill or charities will ensure that your electrical products get the maximum amount of use and can benefit others who need electrical goods.

You can also recycle them at your nearest recycling center, do some research to find out where is the best place for your old items.

Most electrical items can be recycled if they have a plug or charging point.

Check on the specifics of items that use batteries but they are usually fine to be recycled as well.

Compost Your Food Waste


A great way to dispose of your food waste safely and that is also beneficial for the environment is to compost some of your food waste.

This can be a natural way of getting the most out of your food and prevent unnecessary waste going to landfill sites.

Food products and items such as vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains, meats, coffee grounds and newspapers can all be recycled and used to create compost for your garden.

It will depend on the type of products that you are composting, but most compost bins will take around 3-6 months to produce a decent composted material.

Household items and Waste Disposal: What Next?

We hope this article on how to properly dispose of your household items and waste disposal has given you plenty to consider.

It’s always important to recognize those items in your house that will need additional care and a different method of disposal. You don’t want to put yourself or your family at unnecessary risk.

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