Responsible Disposal of Fireworks

A dazzling display of fireworks.

Fireworks are classified as hazardous waste and should never be disposed of in the regular trash or recycling bin. The chemicals and explosives in fireworks can pose a serious safety risk if not handled properly. Here are some responsible methods to avoid landfill:

  • 1. Contact local fire department: Many fire departments offer programs to safely dispose of unused fireworks. They have the expertise to handle and dispose of them safely.
  • 2. Fireworks retailers: Some fireworks retailers may have programs to accept and dispose of unused or expired fireworks. Contact your local retailer to inquire about their policies.
  • 3. Fireworks disposal services: There are specialized companies that offer fireworks disposal services. They have the knowledge and equipment to handle the hazardous materials safely.

It is important to never attempt to burn or dismantle fireworks yourself, as this can be extremely dangerous. It is also illegal to throw fireworks in the trash or flush them down the toilet.