Keep Wisconsin clean! How to dispose of hazardous material in your home.

May 23, 2017

You’re getting the house ready to sell or getting ready to move and notice all those paint cans, bug killer sprays and such cluttering up the garage or basement. How do you dispose of these safely?   It is important to know, considering it is estimated that every American home has an average of 200 pounds of the stuff.

So how are you supposed to dispose of these items and protect the environment while doing so? Every community varies. It is important to think about what you throw away and watch for hazardous waste disposal information in your Wisconsin community.  Many communities have drives where you can drop off old medication and other hazardous material. Call your local recycling center for information.  Do not dump hazardous material down drains  – it winds up in the local water supply. Don’t put them in the trash where they’ll end up at a landfill or being incinerated and contaminate the air or land.  A quick call or search of your community website should provide you with the information you need to dispose of them correctly.

Once you’ve eliminated the hazardous material from your home, try to buy less of it. Obviously, you can’t make your own paint, but with the green movement in full swing, there are many articles about green cleaning supplies. Here’s one that has a tons of information.  Making your own green cleaning supplies is smart financially and better for the environment – the Wisconsin we live in.  And if you use these simple recipes using such common ingredients as vinegar and lemon, you don’t have to worry about how to dispose of them.

Thank you for reading the First Weber Wisconsin real estate & Wisconsin living blog for green tips on keeping our home and Wisconsin safe.


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