Now I am sure that nail clippings are never an issue when it comes to trash dumps and pollution...but they are all natural and don't really neeeed to be thrown in the garbage. Instead, choose to clip your nails outside. In the summer it is nice to catch a little sun and not worry about getting the clippings all over the floor or the table. In the winter when it is colder this may not be so nice, but maybe a little outdoors might still be nice. If not, chuck 'em out the window when you're done!