In the spirit of writing a post every now and then about ways to make our Minnesota homes more "green", I thought I would touch on the subject of common household wastes. They can easily be recognised by labels saying "Warning, Flammable, Poison" and so forth. The problem with these products is that most people do not realize they shouldn't be thrown away in the garbage or poured down the sink.
It might take a little more of our time for proper disposal, but we should really make an effort to take Hazardous materials to the local County Eco-Site. Most are open a couple days a week and collect the items at no charge. Spring is here and as you begin your annual cleaning ritual, check your basements, garages, and sinks for anything that hasn't been used in years.
The following are items to look for and properly dispose of at a Minnesota Eco Site:
- Gasoline, Gas cylinders, Propane Tanks
- Batteries, Antifreeze, Oil
- Pesticides, Weed Killer, Lawn Products
- Aerosol cans