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Managing Harmful Home Waste-- Your Roles And Obligations

It is no secret that the quantity of home waste produced is increasing year after year at a worrying rate, and federal governments are under pressure to expand existing land fills or build new ones to accommodate the waste that is being produced.

What is Hazardous Home Waste?

Home waste is leftover from home products. Harmful home waste are home products which contain chemicals that have the potential to impact plants, the health of people and animals and are detrimental to the environment when handled improperly

Inappropriate management of home waste has the potential to be extremely detrimental to the environment, people, and animals. What many of us might not recognize is that many of those common home products contain corrosive, poisonous, or flammable chemicals that can be harmful to the environment if not handled or managed effectively.

Harmful home waste should not be disposed of in the same way as routine waste. For instance, gas 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 cycle. Burning hazardous waste leads to the release of poisonous chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment, these chemicals are distributed over big areas, therefore impacting the health of individuals over a larger area.

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

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

How Can You Tell a Product is Hazardous?

Check out the labels of products. In Beckmann and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide information on the constituents of the products, including symbols and words, to show the threat to animals, people, and the environment if mishandled.

How To Tell If Products Are Hazardous?

Always check out the label of products in your home and make it a routine of reading the labels of a product before deciding to acquire them.

What Can You Do to Manage Contaminated Materials?

Purchase Eco-friendly Products – Experts agree 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 which contain chemicals that are damaging to people, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are biodegradable or friendly to the environment.

Safe Product Storage – Ensure that harmful products are kept in a safe place, that their containers are not harmed, do not have any leaks to reduce the danger of polluting water sources, land, people, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that corrosive products like acids are stored in separate areas from other harmful products.

Check products regularly to ensure that there are no leaks and damaged covers or bulging sides.

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

Ensure that these products are stored 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? Because there are no safe methods of disposing of hazardous waste. You can avoid the issue of hazardous waste disposal by either selecting biodegradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, next-door neighbors, or family or acquiring smaller sized volumes of the product.

If, however, disposal is inescapable, then you should get rid of the waste in the way prescribed on the label.

Although there are laws to manage the handling and use of big amounts of hazardous waste, the existence of laws to manage the normal small quantities produced at the home is non-existent. For this reason, the responsibility 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 innovative ways to re-use, recycle, or reduce waste. This is vital if we are to safeguard the environment and health of future generations. Remember that Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.

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