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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lightbulbs
antifreeze
old stove
sharp bottles
cooking grease
insulin needles
broken lightbulb
expired medication
mercury thermometer
paint cans
pesticides
smoke detector
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Mercury thermometers

If you need to see if your tot is running a fever, the EPA recommends using non-mercury thermometers. But if you do break a mercury thermometer, follow these mercury cleanup steps recommended by the EPA. Once you have the broken glass and mercury in a paper towel sealed in a zip lock bag, check with your city or county on how to dispose of items containing mercury. Or search Earth911.org for local and mail-in programs.