How to properly dispose of paint depends on what the paint is made out of. Oil-based paints, coatings, stains, varnishes, paint removers, and strippers qualify as household hazardous waste (HHW) because they contain chemicals that can be harmful to humans, animals, and the environment. Water-based paints are not considered hazardous and can be tossed in the regular trash.
If you only have a very small amount of oil-based paint, you may throw it out with the rest of your household garbage so long as it is mixed with an absorbent material that will soak it up.
You probably know that old laptops (as well as old TVs, cellphones, DVD players, and any other electronic waste) cannot simply be thrown away and you likely have one lying around somewhere, despite being out of use for ages. E-waste, in general, contains heavy metals and toxic chemicals such as cadmium and lead.
The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of e-waste is to donate it for reuse if it sill works or drop it off at a recycling center. The EPA website offers many e-waste reference tools, from directories of local and government-supported drop-off centers to manufacturers' mail-in recycling and trade-in programs.
The reason medications have instructions for proper disposal, is that otherwise, they can end up in the water supply or the wrong hands. Most municipalities have controlled substance public disposal locations where you can drop your unwanted subscriptions.
That said, there are some ways to get rid of unused medications at home, as long as they don’t have specific disposal instructions listed. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), you can combine the medications with something inedible, like cat litter or dirt. Then place the mixture in a plastic bag, and throw it away.
Hot oil is tricky. It should not be poured down the drain after cooking, as fats, oil, and grease congeal and solidify to form blockages and damage your pipes. You should refrain from pouring it into the bin, too, because it can get stuck in there and cause a serious mess.
The best way to dispose of hot oil is to wait for it to cool down and then pour it in a sealed container to be thrown out with the rest of your garbage.
For safety reasons, you shouldn’t simply put an unwanted or broken knife in the garbage can. Instead, you can donate it to a local soup kitchen or a thrift store. If you’re certain the knife is not useable at all anymore, find a scrap metal recycler in your area.
If for some reason this is impossible for you, there is a way to carefully dispose of your knife at home. Taste of Home suggests you wrap it in newspaper, cover it in cardboard or bubble wrap, secure it with heavy-duty tape, and then place it in a box and seal it with more tape.
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