I had a bottle of nitrate test solution that contains toxic cadmium. I tried to be a good citizen and I called the NYC Dept of Sanitation to find out how to properly dispose of it. After 15 minutes on hold, I learned that the only site that collects such waster in my borough is 10 miles away in a section of town that has spotty bus service (I don't have a car). I figured it would take me 3 hours to get there and back. In addition, they are only open on two weekdays and on Saturday for 4 hours. And I would need to bring two pieces of ID
. Could they make this any more inconvenient?
I'm not condoning the practice, but no wonder people dump garbage.
I put the bottle in a paper bag, labeled it "toxic chemical", and put it in my building's garbage room. Maybe the super will dispose of it properly...I doubt it.