How Do You Dispose of Unused Fireworks?
Fireworks can be a fun way to celebrate national holidays, but leftovers after the celebration can pose a problem. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to deal with extra fireworks when the festivities end.
- Call for pickup or disposal
In some municipalities, local law enforcement will accept and dispose of unused fireworks after the legal celebration window closes. In some cases, they may arrange a mass turn-in after the holiday. If not, you can always call a non-emergency number for instructions on what to do with your leftovers. In addition, if any companies handle public fireworks displays in your city, they may accept fireworks for recycling.
- Render them safe
If there are no turn-in options available, you can treat the unused fireworks like spent fireworks. First, you must render the gunpowder inside the device completely inert. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and place used and unused fireworks inside. Remove any wicks before soaking. You may need a weight to keep the lighter portions from floating. Leave the fireworks submerged for at least 24 hours to ensure the gunpowder is ruined.
- Bag and throw away
After the fireworks have soaked, drain the water, and place all the remains inside a sealable plastic bag. Then simply dispose of it with your normal trash. Do not place unsoaked fireworks in with your garbage, as doing so could potentially cause a fire.