9 Things You Shouldn't Throw Away In The Trash, According To Experts


Electronics with hazardous elements can harm the environment if not properly disposed of. Recycle them at electronics recycling centers.


Batteries, especially rechargeable ones, can leak toxic chemicals. Recycle them at designated battery recycling locations.


Dispose of medications properly to prevent them from contaminating water supplies. Many pharmacies and local authorities have drug take-back programs.

Light Bulbs

Some light bulbs, like CFLs, contain mercury. Recycle them at facilities that handle hazardous waste.

Used Cooking Oil

Pouring used cooking oil down the drain can lead to clogs. Many areas have recycling programs for used cooking oil.

Old Furniture

Many components of furniture can be recycled. Consider donating usable items or taking them to recycling facilities.


Appliances often contain materials that can be recycled. Check with local waste management for appliance recycling options.

Printer Cartridges

Printer cartridges can be refilled or recycled. Many office supply stores and manufacturers have take-back programs.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers need proper disposal to avoid environmental harm. Contact local fire departments for guidance.

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