Disposing of toxic waste / Guides

Disposing of old batteries

Waste management: compost and recycling

...offer these services, so call ahead. Short of finding a retailer that will accept old batteries, store them with other toxic waste (paints, solvents, etc.) for when you make a trip to a toxic waste depot. Disposing of old computers and electronics: Electronic equipment like televisions, computers, monitors and pr...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...waste. Specify the ideal lengths of flooring materials to suppliers so you receive stock suited to your dimensions and avoid unnecessary waste.Use scraps of batt insulation and high quality tapes to insulate and seal windows rather than spray foam. Using or disposing of old building materials: Re-using ...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...of rice straw hitting the green building market soon! That’s a reason to breath a sigh of relief (literally and figuratively) since a lot of people would need to hold their breath around MDF and other composite products for fear of a reaction. There are so many toxic chemicals in homes that indoor air quality is often ...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...toxic waste and cannot be disposed of though household recycle bins. The other risk of combustion is once they reach sorting facilities and often go through mechanical sorting and compressing equipment. So please remember to always treat computers, phones and batteries as dangerous toxic waste and only dispose of t...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...of pallets used in a nursery, and one specifically of a headboard that used all the stamps (including the toxic ones) as highlight features. They were quite beautiful, and we admire the spirit of reusing building materials , but for certain applications, the risks of toxic chemicals off-gassing is just too great, in ou...