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Managing Harmful Household Waste-- Your Roles And Obligations

It is obvious that the amount of household waste produced is increasing year after year at an alarming rate, and federal governments are under pressure to broaden existing landfills or build new ones to accommodate the waste that is being produced.

What is Hazardous Household Waste?

Household waste is leftover from household products. Harmful household waste are household products which contain chemicals that have the potential to impact plants, the health of humans and animals and are harmful to the environment when handled poorly

Inappropriate management of household waste has the potential to be extremely harmful to the environment, people, and animals. What many of us might not recognize is that many of those typical household products contain destructive, hazardous, or combustible chemicals that can be hazardous to the environment if not dealt with or managed properly.

Harmful household waste should not be dealt with in the same way as routine waste. For example, fuel can be buried in the ground, can impact rivers, and find its way into drinking water. The hydrocarbons in motor oils or pesticides have the potential to bio-accumulate in freshwater fishes and can find its way in the food chain. Burning hazardous waste leads to the release of hazardous chemicals and fumes in the air. When released into the environment, these chemicals are distributed over large areas, thereby impacting the health of individuals over a wider area.

Some of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a long period of time and might go into the food chain when the affected plants and animals are taken in.

Bioaccumulation of hazardous substances in the systems of plants, animals, and humans has the potential to impact their reproductive lives, development, hinder the function of different organs such as the liver and kidneys, impact the performance of the central nerve systems and immune systems of human and animals and some have been listed as known carcinogens.

How Can You Tell a Product is Hazardous?

Read the labels of products. In Adkins and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide information on the constituents of the products, consisting of symbols and words, to suggest the danger to animals, humans, and the environment if mishandled.

How To Tell If Products Are Hazardous?

Always check out the label of products in your household and make it a practice of checking out the labels of a product before deciding to purchase them.

What Can You Do to Handle Hazardous Waste?

Purchase Environmentally Friendly Products – Experts concur that the best way to manage waste is to not produce it in the first place. You can begin by avoiding the purchase of products that contain chemicals that are damaging to humans, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are naturally degradable or friendly to the environment.

Safe Product Storage – Ensure that hazardous products are kept in a safe place, that their containers are not damaged, do not have any leakages to minimize the danger of infecting water sources, land, humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that destructive products like acids are saved in separate areas from other hazardous products.

Check products often to ensure that there are no leakages and damaged covers or bulging sides.

Always store products in their initial containers to prevent unintentional use.

Ensure that these products are saved in a place where children and animals have no access to them.

Disposal of Products – Disposal of products should constantly be the last resort. Why? Due to the fact that there are no safe methods of getting rid of hazardous waste. You can prevent the problem of hazardous waste disposal by either selecting naturally degradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, neighbors, or family or buying smaller volumes of the product.

If, nevertheless, disposal is inescapable, then you should dispose of the waste in the way recommended on the label.

Although there are laws to control the handling and use of large amounts of hazardous waste, the presence of laws to control the normal small quantities generated at the household is non-existent. For this reason, the obligation for the management of hazardous waste falls squarely on the shoulders of the hazardous waste generators.

Protection of the environment can only take place when you play a role in finding creative ways to re-use, recycle, or minimize waste. This is important if we are to safeguard the environment and health of future generations. Bear In Mind That Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.

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