How much garbage does your household produce in a week? How much of it could be recycled? There are a lot of items that are thrown into the general garbage, when they could find a home elsewhere, be recycled, or should be disposed of separately. Here is a list of items that you should never throw away.
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It's best to use rechargeable batteries, but if you do have the ordinary kind then never put them in the bin. They contain metals that will cause environmental damage if they get into the ground or water. So always take them to a disposal point (look out for them in stores).