Lithium-ion batteries store lots of power in a small, lightweight format, making them a popular component of consumer products from laptops to e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, few of us consider how to dispose of batteries when we are finished with them, and the results may be fueling one of the biggest emerging problems in the world of waste: fires.
It is hard to deny that fireworks during Independence Day are as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie! For many people, celebrating our country’s independence includes setting off fireworks on and around the Fourth of July. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing cancellations of some organized fireworks displays, more people will be motivated to set off their own fireworks at home. While a spectacular fireworks display is both impressive and entertaining, remember that fireworks are explosives best left in the hands of professionals.
What’s out of sight is frequently out of mind, including that bucket full of household cleaners in the garage or under the sink. You use them, and then you are faced with the prospect of disposing of them. While it might be tempting to just throw these types of cleaners in the trash – don’t.