For Your Safety, Never Throw These Household Items In The Garbage

Throwing items in the trash is often a mindless task. Who would want to think about garbage? However, some objects will poison people, explode, or catch on fire when you carelessly toss them in the dumpster.

Some products release chemicals into the soil and air, harming the environment. Others may release radioactive fumes that sicken people. And depending on what you throw away, you could cause a landfill fire. This is why many products should not be discarded; in some cases, it’s illegal. Here are the household objects that you should NEVER throw away.

Never Throw Old Clothes In The Trash

Old clothes make up the bulk of landfills, and they only add to pollution. In 2013 alone, Americans disposed of 15 million clothes, and 85% end up in landfills. According to Yale University, clothes release greenhouse gases as they decay. Every time you throw out a clothing item, you contribute to global warming.

Clothes lie on the ground in the Sonoran desert.
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Morton Barlaz, a civil, construction, and environmental engineering professor at North Carolina State advises people to recycle clothes as much as possible. Instead of throwing them away, donate unused clothing to charity.