We all know recycling is essential and we all are very eager to recycle everything around us, but should we be doing that? It turns out that we cannot recycle everything. So, before filling, you recycle bins with every waste stuff you must know that can we recover that object or not?
To make this job easy for you guys we have written down a few everyday objects that should not be recycled at any cost because if you recycle them thinking that you are doing your job of being a good citizen, but in actual, you’re this optimistic recycling may be hurting the process.
It also depends on your location where you are currently living. Some items are not allowed to be recycled in some areas, but they can be reused in another part of the world. So go and get information which objects are not allowed to be recycled in your area. In this way, you will know either the recycling you are doing is suitable for your society, or it has terrible effects.
We will give you a list of items that are generally not allowed to recycle anywhere. We will also give you some tricks on how to dispose of them.
1: Aerosol cans:
As most of the boxes are made of some metallic material, you will think they can be recycled. Yes, they can be, but these are aerosol cans which are explosive material. The aerosol spray will also have dangerous explosives and poisonous chemicals and they cannot be just recycled. Local system labeled them as hazards material. So, you should also be aware of.
Before disposing of it, try to use all the product inside as much as you can. You can confirm whether it is empty or not by merely shaking the can and note for any liquid sound inside. Or you can spray inside the box until it becomes vacant. Do not make a hole to empty it. Being an explosive material there is a chance of exploding anytime.
If the can has any cap, remove the lid. If it is made of plastic, it can be recycled, if not dispose of it separately.
Ask your local dumpster rental or local municipal facility, will they collect aerosol cans or they will be labeled as HHW, which means household hazardous waste. There are different routes for both options.
2: Hazardous waste materials:
This is the broad category which includes different household chemicals like antifreeze oil and other liquid coolants. They cannot be recycled in your home. You cannot just pour it on your ground or dispose of them on any free land. Do not drain antifreeze on the ground outdoors and do not put it in the garbage collection.
Also, you must never dump them down in your toilet or your household drain. It can prove catastrophic. Treat them as hazard material. Do not shy away from getting help from local authorities or you can contact your local dumpster rental and ask them are they collecting hazardous waste. If yes, they can solve your problem, but before handing it to them, you must put them in a container and seal them.
Write over it with big, bold letters “Hazardous material, Do not Recycle, “or you can ask your mechanic where they dispose of their antifreeze. If you cannot do all these, contact the waste management disposal facility in your area, give them your address, they will collect it from you. You do not have to worry about anything.
3: Medical waste disposal:
Medical waste, which is also termed as infectious waste or biohazardous waste, should never be recycled as such without taking proper steps. It includes all the trash from hospitals to veterinary clinics and homes.
In the past, we paid no attention towards it and disposed of them into our landfills without getting worried about different health hazards and risks, they were causing.
If medical waste is disposed of into a sanitary landfill, though these landfills may be are very well designed and out of the human population zone; still, animals can get access to these waste. Also, water from this waste can leak into the ground, reaching our water resources and polluting them.
Not only this, but incineration of these medical waste can also release dangerous dioxins and furans, which are carcinogens and have a disastrous effect on human health.
Follow a proper way of disposing of them. Most of the surgical items like IV bags, blue wraps, injections, and bottles are usually made of plastic. So before dumping them, separate the plastic objects from non-plastic items and keep them in a separate container.
This will save the facility that is collecting medical waste from going through all the stuff to separate them. After sorting they call your local hazardous waste management center or local health department. Give them your address and ask them to collect medical waste or bulk trash pickup.