The Ultimate Guide to Disposing the Trash in Your Home

Waste removal may be critical in Singapore, but getting rid of garbage isn’t as simple as putting everything into “biodegradable” and “non-biodegradable”, and throwing them down the garbage chute.

Fortunately, there’s a way you can dispose of the different types of trash in your home properly and safely. Here’s how:

Cleaning Products

Expired cleaning products are essentially chemicals that you don’t want to sit around in your home, but you don’t simply want to pour everything down the drain one after another since they can cause toxic fumes.

Keep this in mind the next time you have any cleaning products you need to throw away:

  • Solids can be placed in the trash,
  • Water-soluble cleaning products can be disposed with running water,
  • The harsher cleaners and polishes are best handled by checking in with your local waste disposal authority.

Electronics

Electronics make up a significant portion of the waste we throw away, but proper disposal of them can be difficult because of the risk of chemical leaks and other environmental problems.

However, you can easily deal with them by checking in through the nearest places where you can dispose of your e-waste safely and without the risk of your data being stolen.

Expired/unused medications

Just like chemicals, expired medicines can pose a significant health hazard when you simply throw them away in the garbage.

Ideally, when it comes to expired or unused medications, you want to make sure to dispose them in a way that no one would be able to ingest them, accidentally or otherwise.

The best way to go about this is by mixing them with an unpalatable substance, like dirt or used coffee grounds, and placing the mixture in a sealed bag before throwing them in your household trash.

Light bulbs/ Batteries

Your light bulbs and batteries may no longer work, but they can still pose a danger when you’re not careful about getting rid of them the right way.

When you do dispose any used light bulbs and batteries you have at home, be sure to avoid smashing them or exposing them to intense sunlight or sources of heat. This is because batteries can still explode when hot, and light bulb glass can act as a magnifying glass for light.

Plastics

Plastic is arguably the most common, and yet somehow the most difficult type of waste to dispose of safely and properly. However, you can start by separating the single-use plastics from the heavier, denser ones, sorting by the type of material.

You can also check in with your local waste disposal authority on what types of plastics you can recycle and what types need to be thrown away.

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