It’s important to responsibly recycle and dispose of hazardous waste and, in some cases, our safety and lives depend on it!
Garbage and recycling collectors and processors have witnessed an increase in the improper disposal of explosive and hazardous materials, both locally and provincially. Hazardous waste such as propane canisters and lithium-ion batteries from cell phones and laptops can explode or ignite during landfilling and recycling processes, which can turn a regular household item into something dangerous or deadly.
Hazardous items can cause serious harm to workers and garbage and recycling facilities. It’s vital that the following items stay out of garbage and recycling containers:
- propane canisters
- flammable liquids
- helium tanks
- batteries for e-cigarettes
- lithium-ion batteries (cell phones and laptops)
- butane canisters
- bear spray
- lighters and matches
- household batteries
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