Common Things You Cannot Put in a Garbage Bin

Knowing the common things you cannot put in a garbage bin can help protect the environment from harmful chemicals seeping into the soil. At Onestop Disposal, we want to help you protect the environment by properly disposing of junk with the use of our junk removal services and dumpster bin rentals.

5 Things That Should Never Been Thrown into a Dumpster Bin

Some common things you cannot put in a garbage bin include:

1. Motor Oil

Throwing motor oil in a dumpster bin can cause the oil to leak into nearby storm drains or onto the ground where it can contaminate waterways and harm aquatic life. Since one gallon of motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of freshwater, it is important to ensure that motor oil is being properly disposed of by taking it to a recycling centre, car service station, or automotive store.

2. Electronics

Electronics tend to contain heavy metals, such as cadmium and lead, which are harmful to the environment. Instead of being tossed in a dumpster only to wind up at the landfill, electronics should be donated for reuse or dropped off at a recycling centre where they can be broken down and scrapped for parts.

3. Paint

Many oil-based paints, coatings, stains, varnishes, paint removers, and strippers contain chemicals that can be harmful to animals, humans, and the environment, which means that they should never be thrown in the garbage bin. Full cans of paint should be returned to where they were purchased or donated, while any leftover paint products can easily be taken to a collection facility.

4. Batteries

While different types of batteries have to be disposed of in different ways, the one thing that they have in common is that they cannot be simply thrown in a garbage bin. This is because all types of batteries contain harmful chemicals, such as lead acid. Most types of batteries can be recycled by taking them to the place they were purchased or by dropping them off at a recycling centre.

5. Light Bulbs

Even though fluorescent lightbulbs are better for the environment compared to regular lightbulbs, they contain a small amount of mercury that can be released if the lightbulb breaks. Since throwing a lightbulb in a garbage bin is a sure way for it to break, all lightbulbs should be disposed of at a proper recycling centre.

If you would like to learn more common things you cannot put in a garbage bin, or if you are interested in one of our junk removal services or dumpster bin rentals, please contact Onestop Disposal at 604-613-5271.