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Tips For Greening Your Home And Your Immediate Environment In A Safe And Sound Way

What do you do with your old computers, household appliances, batteries, used oil, and other hazardous materials when they are no longer wanted? Do you recycle them or do you throw them in the garbage? Do you wonder what happens when medicines and other chemicals are flushed down the toilet or emptied into the sink or trash.

Computers and household appliances contain mercury and other materials that are considered to be harmful to the environment and to the health of humans, especially children and the elderly, animals, farmland, water supplies, and the air we breathe.

We should all be aware, by now, that we cannot continue to pollute our environment. This is where we live and where our children, grandchildren, and future generations are going to call their home and we want to leave it in a clean, livable, healthy condition.

Where can you take your old cans of paint, old computers, scanners, and printers, used motor oil, medicines, and other household cleaners and chemicals that are no longer needed or wanted? You have to take the initiative to look for safe ways to clear your home of unwanted materials.

Recycling Tips For Your Home

  • Computers, printers, scanners, televisions, cell phones, cameras, and other household equipment should be taken to specific drop off locations. You can call your local city or county to find out how, when, and where to drop them off. You can also check with stores that sell electronic equipment in your neighborhood, such as Staples, the Home Depot, Best Buy, and Radio Shack.
  • Car batteries, motor oil and other petroleum products should be handled properly. They can be taken to state sanctioned locations that are located in and around your city, town, or municipality.
  • Paint is one of the most difficult of all home use products to dispose of, especially old paint that may contain lead and other harmful chemicals.
  • Recycling cans, bottles, metals, newspapers and cardboard has become a widely used way to dispose of household materials and make a little money doing it. All you need is a place to store your recyclables and take them to your nearest recycling center.

Many cities have adopted recycle programs in which the city provides a container for weekly pickups. This service is great for people who want to recycle but don't want the hassle of saving cans, plastic containers, newspapers, or other recyclable items. City pickups are a great way to recycle and it helps keep the environment clean and healthy.

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