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How to Dispose of Toxic Junk Safely

Whole Living, April 2011

Cost: Free

Commitment: Medium

Green Impact: 4 out of 5

Got a scary slurry of old, hazardous items in the basement that you're not sure what to do with? Set a date with your neighbors to combine and sort. 

Find out where to properly dispose of each category at, and then divvy up the drop-off duties.




Items to Collect

  • Aerosols
  • Antifreeze and motor oil
  • Batteries
  • CFLs, thermometers, and other items that contain mercury 
  • Chemical-laden cleaning products
  • E-waste (televisions, computers, stereos, cell phones)
  • Paints and solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Smoke detectors

But what about the junk that's not toxic -- and still usable -- that you just don't need anymore? Here's how to donate or sell unwanted possessions. 


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