For the most part, dumping your trash is pretty clear cut. Paper, cans, and bottles go into the recycle bin. Food waste goes into the trash or compost. Paper towels, expired foods, and many other excess pieces go in the trash. But there are several things that don’t belong in any of these locations and may require special handling to dispose of properly. Some of these items are considered hazardous waste and others are recyclable, but only in specialized facilities.
Batteries — Most people will toss batteries into the trash, but they contain metals like alkaline, zinc, nickel, and cadmium. Some stores like Walmart and IKEA offer battery recycling programs, but otherwise, you can take them to a local Home Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility near you.
Electronics — Electronic materials are highly recyclable, but you can’t just stick them in with your paper, cans, and bottles. Televisions,