Health Tip – Sept. 14 – Responsible Garbage
Reconsider what you throw away: An old bulky computer monitor, dead batteries, unused paint … we have all had something environmentally unfriendly to toss. Unfortunately, landfills aren’t usually equipped to handle this type of toxic trash. Thoughtless dumping can lead to mercury, lead and other substances leaching into the ground – and into groundwater.
Next time you have something to toss that may be toxic, whether it’s unused prescription medications or printer cartridges, call your city or town department of waste management or check online – most municipal governments have websites. These sources can provide you with local contact information detailing how and where to safely dispose of just about anything.