What To Do With Toxic Products? Ask Annie
Hello, Annie! I have a fair amount of things back from before I became more interested in what goes into the things I use. For instance, Old Spice Shower Gel or deodorant spray. They are packed full of chemicals and I do not want to use them anymore, but I’m not going to give them to a friend or something, knowing full well what’s in them.
Which leads me to my question, do you know how I can properly dispose of this kind of stuff without damaging the environment, or at least reducing the damage? –Patrick, GA
I really appreciate your thoughtfulness in not wanting to poison anybody! I am on your side on that argument (some think it is better to use things up.)
I’d first separate really toxic products, such as pesticides, from old personal care products, and make sure those toxic chemicals go to a hazardous waste pickup. Otherwise the only sound advice is to contact your local waste departments to find out their guidelines. I have found that some communities have language to cover pharmaceuticals, prescription and non-prescription medicines, and personal care products, but not all. The EPA suggests contacting your local collection site to find out their guidelines and suggestions.