I do it all the time, mostly without even realizing it - tossing something in the trashcan. We all do. All our garbage has to go somewhere, and at the end of the day, it can amount to massive trash at the landfill.

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Landfills are important to protect. After all, where else is all the refuse going to go? In Texas, there are certain items that are illegal to toss in the garbage can. According to Texas Disposal Systems, the consequences for doing so can be severe, incurring fines or worse.

Below are items not only illegal to toss in the trash, but dangerous for the environment. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is a great entity when it comes to finding out the "do's and don'ts". It's important to know what's safe to dispose of, and what could get you in trouble.

BEWARE: IT'S AGAINST THE LAW IN TEXAS FOR YOU TO THROW THESE 3 THINGS AWAY

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Motor Oil

If you do your own oil changes, never throw old motor oil in the trash. It's flammable and toxic, and may contaminate water and soil. Take your old oil to an automotive shop. They can dispose of it and may even be able to clean and reuse it. The TCEQ also provides a handy guide on recycling these materials.


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Tires

It is illegal to throw tires in the trash. The steel belts can puncture landfill liners, thus causing the ground to be contaminated. Often for a small price, car dealers will dispose of unwanted tires. Also, check for a collection program in your area.


 

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Chemicals

Another big no-no to dump in the trash is various chemicals or Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). This includes gasoline, corrosive cleaners, paint, stains, varnishes, and more. The TCEQ takes an in-depth look at HHW chemicals and the proper ways to dispose of them.

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