How to Dispose of Lightbulbs and 9 Other Hazardous Items

When in doubt, don’t toss it out — read this first
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Sharp stuff

Sharp items such as broken glass, razor blades and old kitchen knives can seriously cut anyone handling the trash or sorting through your recycle bin. Never throw these items straight into your trash. Instead, put any sharp objects that aren’t contaminated with body fluids or chemicals into a sturdy box or other puncture-resistant container and tape it tightly shut, Holtzman says. Then, take a marker and write “sharp objects” on the box in big letters.

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