Many items fall into one or two categories when it’s time to dispose of them: landfill or recycle. Sometimes it’s both if there are parts that can be broken down. But, there are other things that require special disposal to protect the environment. Do you know what they are? Read on to find out what things require extra care when getting rid of.

Items That Require Special Disposal

Electronics like computers, televisions, gaming equipment, and cell phones: Careful disposal of electronics is crucial as they can contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium, which, if improperly discarded, can contaminate soil and water sources.

  • Aerosols: Aerosol cans often contain pressurized gases and potentially harmful chemicals. If not handled carefully, these cans can explode or release harmful substances into the environment, posing safety hazards and contributing to pollution.
  • Propane cylinders: Residual gas can pose an explosion risk, and the tanks themselves can be hazardous if not handled carefully.
  • Cleaning agents: They often contain toxic or corrosive substances that can harm the environment and pose health risks if mishandled.
  • Caustics: Caustic materials, which include strong acids and bases, require careful disposal due to their corrosive and potentially harmful nature. Improper disposal can result in chemical burns, environmental damage, and contamination of water sources.

Some specialty batteries like lithium, nickel-cadmium, and button-cell batteries: Batteries contain toxic chemicals that can leak into the environment if not handled correctly, posing a threat to both human health and ecosystems.