The Public Works commission in Boise has a straightforward rule: if it can mess with people's health and the environment, it's considered hazardous household waste.

It's More Than Trash, It's a Matter of Health

Most people know solvents, paint, stain, and varnish are pretty toxic. But the chemicals they use to take care of their lawn and garden might not be getting the attention they deserve.

Some of these yard and garden products like pesticides and herbicides can throw a wrench into the works when it comes to human and animal health.

Back in 2009, Scientific American looked into the effects of Roundup on humans. That's when their scientists learned the top-selling weed killer had a lethal effect on human cells.

Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.—Scientific American

 

The Consequences of Bad Disposal Habits

It was 2002 when a Washington sanitation worker was exposed to hydrochloric acid from a meth lab that was carelessly discarded into a community dumpster.

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Not long after, the sanitation worker "sustained respiratory irritation when the acid was dumped into the back of his truck." The exposure was so serious that law enforcement, the fire department, EMT's, and an environmental agency were forced to intervene.

Think Twice Before You Throw It Out

Most of us will never lose sleep over properly disposing of meth-making materials. But when it comes to getting rid of industrial products like harsh solvents, paints, disinfectants, and fertilizers in Idaho, there are 23 items that are banned from everyday trash bins.

Scroll on for a list of items you can't toss into a normal trash can in Idaho!

23 Things Forbidden in Idaho Trash Bins

⚠️ When ridding your Idaho residence of harsh industrial products, solvents, paints, disinfectants, and fertilizers, there's more to know than most realize!

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Forget Gas Grills, Can Idaho Ban These 10 Things Instead?

There has been talk of a ban on propane cans which would impact grilling with gas. Instead of banning that, can we ban these 10 things instead?

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10 Totally Legal Things Idaho Residents Want To Outlaw

We asked the people of Idaho about the absolutely legal things they want to make illegal. Here is what they said...

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