It is no secret that the amount of home waste produced is increasing every year at a worrying rate, and government are under pressure to broaden existing landfills or develop 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 poorly
Incorrect management of home waste has the potential to be very damaging to the environment, individuals, and animals. What many of us may not understand is that many of those typical home products contain corrosive, hazardous, or flammable chemicals that can be hazardous to the environment if not dealt with or managed correctly.
Dangerous home waste should not be gotten rid of in the same way as regular waste. For example, gasoline 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 leads to the release of hazardous chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment, these chemicals are dispersed over large areas, thereby affecting 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 hazardous substances in the systems of plants, animals, and humans has the potential to affect their reproductive lives, growth, impair the function of various organs such as the liver and kidneys, affect the functioning 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 Lackland City and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide details on the constituents of the products, consisting of signs and words, to suggest the threat to animals, humans, 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 making the decision to purchase them.
What Can You Do to Manage Contaminated Materials?
Purchase Environmentally Friendly Products – Experts concur that the best way to control 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 naturally degradable or friendly to the environment.
Safe Product Storage – Ensure that hazardous products are stored in a safe place, that their containers are not harmed, do not have any leaks to reduce the danger of polluting water sources, land, humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that corrosive products like acids are saved in separate areas from other hazardous products.
Check products regularly to ensure that there are no leaks and damaged lids or bulging sides.
Always 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 option. Why? Since there are no safe methods of getting rid of contaminated materials. You can avoid the issue of contaminated materials disposal by either choosing naturally degradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, next-door neighbors, or family or acquiring smaller volumes of the product.
If, nevertheless, disposal is inescapable, then you should get rid of the waste in the manner prescribed on the label.
Although there are laws to manage the handling and use of large quantities of contaminated materials, the presence of laws to manage the common small quantities generated at the home is non-existent. For this reason, the duty for the management of contaminated materials falls squarely on the shoulders of the contaminated materials generators.
Protection of the environment can only occur when you play a role in finding creative ways to re-use, recycle, or reduce waste. This is important if we are to secure the environment and health of future generations. Remember that Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.
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