Adventures in Office Greening, Volume 1, Issue 6
Why should you be afraid of these pickle and sauerkraut jars?
Because they are filled with old paint thinner.
I have a whole box of them, plus accelerant, some varnish, and some other things you would need if you were an artist by trade.
However, the artist no longer lives here.
In the past, I might have thought that these probably shouldn’t go down the drain, but not being sure, just left them where they were.
However, now that I am familiar with the San Francisco Department of the Environment’s website, I knew that I could follow some links to find out how to properly dispose of them, or to schedule a pick-up.
From the site:
Most Californians don’t know that it’s illegal to discard hazardous waste, even from households, in the trash or down the drain, including products like fluorescent lights, unused medicines, pesticides and batteries. These products contain toxic chemical and and heavy metals that can leach into the soil around the landfill or into groundwater.
In offices, one big item that I’ve seen in the garbage dumpster, or sometimes even the recycling dumpster are bunches of long fluorescent lights. At this point, we’re on a learning curve between janitorial staff, building management and tenants. I didn’t know a year ago that those bulbs are considered hazardous waste, so it will just take time. But we’re getting there…