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Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.



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Five Hazardous Materials in Your Home That Should Not Go In the Skip Bin

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In many countries, it is illegal to dispose of certain hazardous materials in waste bins intended for domestic waste. The reason for this prohibition is to avoid endangering the health of people and animals. Therefore, do not think that dumping all your waste in a disposal bin implies that you are playing your part to enhance the protection of the environment. When you hire a bin for domestic waste disposal, you should consider all the types of hazardous materials prohibited from being disposed of in skip bins. This article sheds light on these hazardous materials that may be lying around your house.

Flammable Materials -- Flammable materials in your home include paints and oils often used in home improvement projects. These materials can lead to unwanted, but risky sparks, which can spontaneously ignite causing fires that may destroy your property. In addition, the fire can burn other wastes in the skip bin causing excessive air pollution that eventually contributes to global warming. 

Asbestos -- For decades, asbestos has been your go-to construction material due to its heat resistance, fire-proof, and insulating capabilities. However, nowadays, asbestos is banned in many countries because of its related health risks to humans. When materials made of asbestos are damaged or disturbed, they release fibers into the atmosphere. When inhaled, the fibers can cause fatal diseases, such as lung cancer, asbestosis (a disease of the lungs), and pleural thickening. 

Tyres -- When exposed to high temperatures, rubber on bicycle and vehicle tyres can emit toxic substances, which are detrimental to human health. Furthermore, these ecotoxic materials should not be disposed of through waste bins because of the risk of environmental degradation. 

Herbicides and Pesticides -- When you are a passionate gardener, you probably buy pesticides and herbicides to take care of your pest and weed problems respectively. After you have exhausted these substances, proper disposal of their containers is of utmost necessity. Therefore, do not discard the containers in skip bins because of risk of water pollution. When improperly discarded, these containers may include small contents of chemicals that can contaminate water sources, and devastate aquatic ecosystems. 

Electronic Waste -- In Australia, it is illegal to dispose of electronic wastes via skip bins. Never discard old or damaged mobile phones, computer equipment, batteries, cameras, DVD players, and speakers in the skip bins. These materials should be taken to your local recycling locations for proper disposal. Electronic wastes contain hazardous substances, and may cause safety and ecological vulnerabilities if dumped improperly.

For more information, contact a company that specialises in bin hire.