Sometimes, tossing something in the garbage seems like the easiest option for getting rid of something cluttering up your home. However, some things shouldn't be thrown away for safety reasons and could have a negative impact on you or the environment if not disposed of properly. (And no, you shouldn't take to your backyard bonfire to get rid of something either.)

Some of these items are common sense. For example, you are more than likely not going to get rid of a giant stove by tossing it in the dumpster. You aren't going to toss a chemical or a needle in the garbage but what about the rest of the items cluttering your house?

Now that spring cleaning season is around the corner, I thought I would look into what you can and can't throw away. The garbage can or landfill is not a free for all and some items cannot be thrown away and must be disposed of properly, even if it takes a little more effort.

I came up with a long list of items that can't be thrown away in a garbage can in Minnesota. While some of these things are obvious, others are not so obvious. For the items that you might not know how to dispose of, I offer a tip on how you can cleanse yourself of it for good.

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From batteries to Christmas trees, here are twenty-one things you can't put in a garbage can. Keep this handy for when spring finally gets here and you want to go all out cleaning! Okay, maybe not.

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