In various locations in innumerable countries all over the world, the local government strongly recommend for wastes to be handled properly. Proper waste segregation, recycling, and donating used items are just some of the most popular practices encouraged all over the world in the efforts of reducing waste and saving our planet.
But, if there are wastes that are up for recycling, and items that can be donated, there are also some wastes that require special handling because of their composition. Most of the time, these are wastes that are hazardous or need to be buried into the ground as they would cause problems if disposed of at landfills.
Just like in most places, in Vancouver, there are wastes that will not be accepted for drop off at landfills. These are wastes that call for special handling.
In a way, recyclable items require special handling because you don’t just throw them away at landfills. Recyclable wastes undergo a recycling process to be used again.
Recyclable items from residential properties should be dropped off at recycling stations. Depending on the type of recyclable item you wish to deposit, there might be a recycling fee you have to pay first. But these are the common recyclable items that recycling stations accept, free of charge:
- Cooking oil and grease
- Antifreeze and its containers
- Glass items like jars
- Old books
- Electronics such as mobile phones
- Paper items
- Flattened cardboard
- Aluminum cans (except spray paint cans)
- Household and car batteries
- Plastic containers
- Car Tires
- Scrap metal
If you are uncertain if the waste you want to get rid of is the kind that requires special handling, you might find the following useful:
- PCB wastes
- Waste containing dioxin
- Biomedical waste
- Asbestos that’s not properly packed and labeled
- Pesticide containers
- Waste containing tetrachloroethylene
- Waste containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon
- Flammable items