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Your Place: Throw Out Old Containers, Food and Makeup

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By Alan J. Heavens

recycling_bin_containers(MCT)—I often think about old things I’d like to be rid of—like about 40 years between me and my early 20s—but that’s not possible until they invent a time machine.

Now AARP, which knows old, is offering suggestions on the five old things you need to throw away during your spring-cleaning exercises this year.

Piled-up plastic containers. Years-old plastics can leak harmful chemicals into food. Recycle them and buy a new set.

Expired canned food. It doesn’t last forever. Vegetables and fruit expire in slightly more than 18 months.

Moldy makeup. After a year, makeup should be replaced because of bacteria buildup that could cause infections.

Old dried spices. After five years, most spices lose flavor, so dumping more on won’t help. It won’t make you sick, but for more flavorful food, get some new spices.

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