It is obvious that the amount of home waste produced is increasing every year at an alarming rate, and government 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. Dangerous home waste are home products which contain chemicals that have the potential to affect plants, the health of humans and animals and are damaging to the environment when handled improperly
Improper management of home waste has the potential to be extremely damaging to the environment, people, and animals. What many of us may not recognize is that many of those typical home products contain corrosive, poisonous, or flammable chemicals that can be dangerous to the environment if not dealt with or managed effectively.
Dangerous home waste should not be disposed of in the same way as routine waste. For instance, fuel can be buried in the ground, can affect 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 contaminated materials causes the release of poisonous chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment, these chemicals are dispersed over large areas, therefore impacting the health of persons over a broader area.
Some of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a very long time and may go into the food chain when the affected plants and animals are taken in.
Bioaccumulation of dangerous substances in the systems of plants, animals, and humans has the potential to affect their reproductive lives, development, impair the function of numerous organs such as the liver and kidneys, affect 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 Castle Hills 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 show the danger to animals, humans, and the environment if mishandled.
How To Tell If Products Are Hazardous?
Constantly read the label of products in your home and make it a practice of reading the labels of a product before making the decision to acquire them.
What Can You Do to Handle Hazardous Waste?
Purchase Environmentally Friendly Products – Experts agree that the very 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 hazardous to humans, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are biodegradable or friendly to the environment.
Safe Product Storage – Ensure that dangerous products are stored in a safe place, that their containers are not damaged, do not have any leaks to decrease the danger of infecting water sources, land, humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that corrosive products like acids are saved in separate areas from other dangerous products.
Check products frequently to ensure that there are no leaks and broken lids or bulging sides.
Constantly store products in their original containers to avoid 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 always be the last resort. Why? Due to the fact that there are no safe ways of getting rid of contaminated materials. You can avoid the dilemma of contaminated materials disposal by either selecting biodegradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, next-door neighbors, or family or buying smaller sized volumes of the product.
If, however, disposal is inevitable, then you should dispose of the waste in the way prescribed on the label.
Although there are laws to control the handling and use of large quantities of contaminated materials, the presence of laws to control the common small quantities produced at the home is non-existent. For this reason, the responsibility for the management of contaminated materials falls directly on the shoulders of the contaminated materials generators.
Protection of the environment can only take place when you play a role in finding creative ways to re-use, recycle, or decrease waste. This is important if we are to protect the environment and health of future generations. Bear In Mind That Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.
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