What do I do with paint, compact fluorescent bulbs, batteries, hazardous products, medications, or syringes?

All staffed recycling centers offer a paint exchange where residents may drop off or pick up paint during our open hours. CFL bulbs may be taken to Lowe's or Home Depot for recycling, or can be brought to our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Please call 864-949-1658 for information on how to properly dispose of fluorescent tubes. Spartanburg County does not accept "regular" (alkaline, NiCd, lithium, rechargeable, etc.) batteries for recycling. They may be disposed of with regular household trash or brought to our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Residents may dispose of household hazardous waste at our annual HHW collection event in the spring of each year. For more information on household hazardous waste disposal, please call us at 864-949-1658. Medications may be disposed of at the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department or at semi-annual prescription take-back events. They are not accepted at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Please see http://www.spartanburgwater.org/rxcyclespartanburg for more information. For syringes, please place in a plastic jug (like a laundry detergent or bleach jug), tightly screw on the lid, mark the jug "contains syringes" and dispose of with household trash. Please do not dispose of loose syringes in bags. Check out SC-DHEC for more info: http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Recycling/DisposingofNeedles/.

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1. What do I do with paint, compact fluorescent bulbs, batteries, hazardous products, medications, or syringes?
2. How do I dispose of large items like furniture, mattresses, wood, carpeting, construction materials, etc.?
3. How do I recycle an item that isn't listed on your website?
4. Why don't you recycle styrofoam, plastic bags, etc.?
5. How do I recycle electronics, what is e-waste, where do I take electronics, how can a business recycle electronics?
6. How do I recycle tires?
7. I heard that someone goes through all the trash so there's no point in recycling. Is that true?
8. Do the recyclables actually get recycled or does it all just get thrown away?