Household Hazardous Waste:
Here's a category of clutter that will make you feel good to get rid of.
Your local landfill or transfer station probably has a schedule of when they will accept household hazardous waste.
On Saturday my husband will take a truckload of old computers and other electronics from his employer (years worth of junk) because our dump no longer charges a disposal/recycling fee for electronic waste. So I'm packing a box of stuff from our household as well. These are things that need to be recycled or carefully disposed of because they can release heavy metals or poisons if landfilled or incinerated.
-smoke detectors (have a minute amount of radioactive material)
-rodent poison (UGH!
generously left by our landlord--we used traps and kitty cats and never needed poison!)
-almost-empty aerosol can of spray sealant foam
-nail polish (Well, I consider it hazardous waste! Our dump has a re-use store for things like paint and garden chemicals. I'm hoping they'll take nail polish, too.)
When you declutter items like these--especially those with mercury, which is toxic in small amounts--please collect them and take the time to find out the appropriate means of disposing of them. You can find info about your area's waste disposal in the phone book or sometimes even online.
Oh, and someone had mentioned pharmaceuticals--they can be taken as household hazardous waste as well. Definitely don't flush 'em! Fish and frogs are exposed to enough birth control hormones and viagra already!