Let’s talk trash! No, no, not the latest gossip kind — the real trash that can accumulate so quickly around the house. Don’t you sometimes wonder where it all comes from? Followed by the next question, where does it all need to go?
According to research, there are five categories of trash. Who knew you could get that specific? Here goes:
- Liquid – A fairly obvious group that includes dirty water, organic liquids, wash water and waste detergents.
- Solid — This category breaks into sub-categories:
- Plastics – As you probably know, plastics are not bio-degradable; plastics stick around landfills forever. So, be sure to put plastic items in your recycle bin. To help with the plastics issue, avoid using so much bottled water and instead used environmentally friendly water containers that can be replenished safely.
- Paper – A look in any trash bin near a desk, and it’s abundantly clear that we’re not paperless by a long shot. However, paper, paper products, and cardboard are recyclable, so all those products go to the recycle bin.
- Tins and Metals – Those lovely gift tins that hold Christmas goodies or Valentine’s chocolates – they’re recyclable. Cans and other metals are as well. Some tins or metals may have a even have monetary value if they’re taken to a scrapyard.
- Ceramic and Glass – Yes, recycle all those pickle jars, jelly jars, etc.
- Organic – Food, food scraps, etc., fall into this category. Rather than throwing these things in the trash, consider making your own compost and use it to enrich your plant soil. Your flowers and veggies will love it.
- Recyclables — Any items that can be reused fall within this category (paper, metal, glass, etc.). Check the bottoms of containers when in doubt; most indicate whether they’re recyclable or not.
- Hazardous – Anything considered flammable, toxic, reactive, or corrosive falls into this grouping. Most communities have a hazardous waste dump facility. Gather up the unused paint, spray bottles (bug spray, chemicals, etc.), and visit the hazardous waste facility. It’s an easy process. Typically, when you pull in, you’re asked to complete a short form verifying that you live in that county. The technician unloads the hazardous items (most times, you’re asked to stay in your vehicle), and off you go. This is usually the place to dispose of broken televisions as well.
There’s one more category to consider — large bulk pick-up. Most communities designate one pick-up date per year to get rid of large items that could not be included in weekly trash. Things like broken furniture or old mattresses fall into this category. Check your local city services website to see what items are considered large bulk and what day they need to be curbside for pick-up.
There you have it. Know your trash and be kind to the environment!