How can you safely dispose of old unwanted paint, batteries, etc?
These items contain toxic chemicals that will contaminate the environment if they aren’t disposed of properly. So, here’s how to get rid of them.
Batteries – Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, Radio Shack, Best Buy, and other retailers take them back free of charge. You can also try Whole Foods Market, Ikea, or your local library.
CFL’s – (compact fluorescent lamp) light bulbs can usually be dropped off at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, or Ikea for free recycling.
Electronics. Most retailers that take back rechargeable batteries also accepts mobile phones, as do most wireless providers. For computers, cameras, televisions and other larger electronics, you may need to do a little research. Some stores charge fees depending on item and brand. Check out Best Buy, Staples, and Office Depot. Some places, like Radio Shack, have trade-in programs where you can receive store credit for your old gadgets.
Motor Oil – Your best bets are Wal-Mart, Autozone, or Jiffy Lube.
Paint – If the paint is still in good shape, consider donating it to your local HUD Re-Store. If that’s not an option then consult your local waste collection company or contact your local/state government environmental protection agency for guidance on proper disposal.