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What Household Items Require Special Removal?
Apr 19 2024

What Household Items Require Special Removal?

We all accumulate things over time. But what happens when you have unwanted items that can't simply be tossed in the regular trash?  Certain household items contain hazardous materials or require specific regulations for disposal. Throwing these items away irresponsibly can harm the environment and even lead to fines.

In today’s blog post, we outline some of the common household items that require special removal methods.

  • Electronics

Electronic waste may not seem outwardly hazardous, but it can cause environmental harm if it ends up in a landfill. E-waste includes old TVs, computers, monitors, and other electronic devices. These often contain hazardous materials and should be recycled by electronics manufacturers or certified e-waste processors. Professional junk haulers offer electronics removal and recycling services.

  • Refrigerators

If you’ve tried disposing of bulky household appliances like a refrigerator, you know how cumbersome things can get. The good thing about refrigerators and other household appliances is that they have a resale value; hence, they can be donated if they’re in good working condition. Appliance shelters or rehabilitation programs might be happy to accept your working refrigerator. Alternatively, you can call a junk removal service to haul away the refrigerator. Junk removal services are a convenient and eco-friendly way to get rid of unwanted household items, especially bulky items or large quantities of clutter.

  • Light Bulbs

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about the fate of the old bulb when you screw in a new bulb. Fluorescent bulbs may seem harmless, but they contain mercury, which is hazardous. Light bulbs shouldn’t be thrown in regular trash and should be recycled at designated drop-off locations.

  • Aerosol Cans

Think twice before you toss aerosol cans in your regular garbage bin. Many people are not aware of the dangers of disposing of aerosol cans improperly. These cans contain pressurized gases and chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Aerosol cans shouldn’t be placed in regular trash and may require special collection events or recycling programs.

  • Automotive Batteries

When your car battery reaches the end of its lifespan, you buy a new one and dump the old one in the garage or basement. This is, at least, what most people do. Did you know that different battery types contain various hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium? Improper disposal of automotive batteries harms both humans and the planet. If you have automotive batteries that you need to get rid of, look for battery recycling options in your area or at electronics stores.

  • HVAC Systems

If you’re replacing your HVAC system, dumping the components in a dumpster may seem like a smart move. However, it’s not advisable to put your old HVAC unit out with the regular trash for collection. These units contain refrigerant and other hazardous materials that can leak and contaminate soil and groundwater. Some of the safe and legal disposal methods for HVAC units include contacting municipal waste collection programs or licensed HVAC contractors.

  • Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers contain pressurized chemicals that need proper handling for disposal. Contact your local fire department or waste management company for guidance.

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If you need professional junk removal services, whether you’re moving out or undertaking spring cleaning, we’re here to help. We accept a wide range of items, including those that require special handling. Call us today if you need help with junk removal in your home or business.

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