It’s illegal to throw these things away in New Jersey

The holidays are here and we’ll be sharing all sorts of new items with each other. That means we’re throwing away more in the coming weeks and I don’t want you to get a fat ticket!

It’s true, there is a movement to arrest people who throw illegal items in their trash. That’s a lot of money, by the way: the fine is $500 per offense! So I wanted to show what you absolutely cannot throw away in New Jersey.


You can throw some batteries in the regular trash and for others the Wazooo will fine you. There is a big difference between disposable and rechargeable batteries and their legal disposal. You can throw away:

Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, 9 volt)

Button cell batteries from calculators or small parts

You can’t throw away batteries
lithium ion

Nickel-cadmium (from cellphones, laptops)

These batteries must be taken to a collection point as hazardous waste.

car batteries

Car batteries must not be disposed of with normal waste. In fact, you should never have to handle them yourself when dealing with a large auto repair shop. They will take them from you because by law they have a protocol for removal and disposal.

Photo by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash

Photo by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash


My daughter just broke her old iPhone and it needs to be thrown away but you can’t just throw it away, this is a recycled item for sure. Why? These items can cause a fire, so there is a method for that too. Apple has a recycling program for us.

Reusable lighters

Reusable lighters cannot be thrown away, they must be processed. This one surprised me. Those long firelighters or the high-end Zappos need to be taken to a facility when they’re ready to be thrown away.

house colour

Even if there is no lead in it, it is still flammable. You must take it to your recycling center.


Remember we used to have old school mercury thermometers? Well, if you still have one, you’ll need to take it to a hazardous waste disposal facility. Really feel good we’ve had it in our mouths all these years, right?


So many people think they can just flush away the leftover painkillers, but it poisons our water in the worst possible way. Drug redemption events are usually held once or twice a year and this is the best way to get rid of unwanted drugs. They burn the drug so it can be disposed of without infecting our vital resources.

Listen, nobody needs a $500 fine right now, so please don’t just be good for your wallet, but good for our planet. Happy Holidays!

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