Proper Ways to Dispose Your Garbage

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Proper garbage disposal is very important for the environment and you fail to dispose of your waste products approximately, you are putting the Earth, plants, animals, and humans at risk. Below you will discover the proper ways to dispose of hazardous wastes.

Food Waste – Most people will automatically toss their food leftovers in the trash, but this is not the best way to dispose of waste. Instead, you should invest in a garbage disposal, so you can dispose of your waste properly. Food taken to the garbage dump will release a high quantity of greenhouse emissions, which is very harmful to the environment.

Live Christmas Trees –If you decided to use a live tree for the Christmas season, you will need to dispose of it after the holidays have commenced. While you many consider dragging the tree down to the curb, so the garbage man can take it to the recycling center, you may be surprised to discover that most trash companies will not pick up live trees.

Call your trash service provider, before dragging the tree down to the curb and ask the representative, if they offer recycling services for live Christmas trees. There also many be a non-profit organization in your vicinity that will pick up the tree and dispose of it for you, but you may have to give a small donation for this service.

Batteries – Small batteries that are utilized for electronics, toys, and flashlights will contain a high content of acid, nickel, and mercuric oxide. You should never toss your batteries in the trash. Instead, you should take them to a battery-recycling center for proper disposal. Automobile and motorcycle batteries should be returned to the auto parts store, where they will be recycled properly. You may even receive $5 for each battery taken to the store, just for doing your part in making the Earth more environmental friendly.

Syringes- Used syringes must be placed in a ‘sharps’ container and this will also include needles, diabetic lancets, IV sets, and auto injectors. These hazardous items have been exposed to bodily fluids, which may contain some type of virus or bacteria. If you are a diabetic that is currently taking prescription insulin that must be injected, you will need to dispose of your lancets and syringes in a ‘sharps’ container. You can purchase these from your local pharmacy.

Once the ‘sharps’ container is completely full, you should take it to a physician’s office, hospital, or pharmacy for disposal. Of course, you may have to pay a small fee for disposal, but remember you are protecting the environment and humans from danger, by disposing of these hazardous items appropriately.

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Surprising Uses of Fireplace Ashes

fireplace ashesAshes, or wood residue, from the fireplace may be unpleasant at times, but they can also bring a variety of benefits. If you aren’t sure what to do with the pile of wood residue your fireplace produces, the following ideas might give you a different perspective and may prove helpful

Remove Skunk Odor from Your Pets – Curious pets can come home quite smelly. Fortunately a small scoop of the snow-like dust from your wood fireplace can help deodorize animal fur.

Spruce up Your Lawn – Certain lawns and soils can greatly benefit from a little wood residue. Small amounts of ash added to a little water can liven the grass and even promote its growth. Keep in mind, however, that adding too much can be toxic rather than beneficial.

Help Your Trees and Plants – Trees can also benefit from the white mess your fireplace produces. Hardwood ash produced in your fireplace can be spread at the tree’s base to help improve the nutrition of the tree and the surrounding soil. The potassium within helps plants to bloom and flower. If you plant tomatoes in your garden you may want to add a little of the white powder inside the hole with the seed to improve growth.

Remove Stains – Have you ever spilled paint on concrete? Perhaps you have stubborn water spots or stains on your favorite pieces of furniture? Just scoop a little of that lovely white mess out of your fireplace and add a little water to make the problems disappear. For paint spills, simply put it on top of the spill. For marks on furniture, add a little of the white powder and water to a soft rag and gently scrub the surface before wiping it off with a clean, non-abrasive rag.

Avoid Insects and Rodents – You aren’t the only one who doesn’t like the product that builds up in your fireplace. Insects and rodents don’t care for it either, which makes it a great repellent. Spreading an even layer in your garden and flower beds will help to keep snails and other pests from ruining your harvest.

Melt Ice – It has been said that a little sprinkle of ash from your wood burning unit can help melt icy pathways. It may track indoors if used in high traffic areas, but to help unfreeze gardens and other areas, a light layer can help to defrost icy places.