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Managing Harmful Home Waste-- Your Roles And Obligations

It is no secret that the amount of household waste produced is increasing year after year at a disconcerting rate, and federal governments are under pressure to expand existing landfills or develop brand-new ones to accommodate the waste that is being produced.

What is Hazardous Home Waste?

Home 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

Incorrect management of household waste has the potential to be very harmful to the environment, individuals, and animals. What many of us may not understand is that many of those common household products contain destructive, hazardous, or flammable chemicals that can be hazardous to the environment if not dealt with or managed effectively.

Harmful household waste should not be disposed of in the same way as regular waste. For example, 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 chain. Burning contaminated materials causes the release of hazardous chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment, these chemicals are distributed over large locations, consequently impacting the health of individuals over a broader area.

A few of these chemicals remain in the systems of plants and animals for a long period of time and may go into the food chain when the affected plants and animals are consumed.

Bioaccumulation of hazardous compounds in the systems of plants, animals, and humans has the potential to impact their reproductive lives, growth, hinder the function of different organs such as the liver and kidneys, impact the functioning of the central nervous systems and body 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 Hollywood Park and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide details on the constituents of the products, consisting of symbols and words, to indicate the risk 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 acquire them.

What Can You Do to Manage Hazardous Waste?

Purchase Environmentally Friendly Products – Experts agree that the best way to manage waste is to not produce it in the first place. You can start 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 hazardous products are kept in a safe place, that their containers are not damaged, do not have any leaks to reduce the threat of infecting water sources, land, humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that destructive products like acids are stored in separate locations from other hazardous products.

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

Always store products in their original containers to prevent 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 always be the last option. Why? Since there are no safe methods of getting rid of contaminated materials. You can prevent 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 acquiring smaller sized volumes of the product.

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

Although there are laws to regulate the handling and use of large quantities of contaminated materials, the existence of laws to regulate the common small quantities produced at the household 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 innovative ways to re-use, recycle, or reduce waste. This is vital if we are to secure the environment and health of future generations. Bear In Mind That Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.

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