It is clear that the quantity of home waste produced is increasing every year at an alarming rate, and federal governments are under pressure to expand existing landfills or develop new ones to accommodate the waste that is being produced.
What is Hazardous Household Waste?
Household waste is leftover from home products. Hazardous home waste are home products which contain chemicals that have the potential to impact plants, the health of human beings and animals and are detrimental to the environment when dealt with incorrectly
Improper management of home waste has the potential to be extremely detrimental to the environment, individuals, 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.
Hazardous home waste should not be dealt with 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 cycle. Burning hazardous waste results in the release of poisonous chemicals and fumes in the air. When released into the environment, these chemicals are dispersed over large areas, thereby affecting the health of persons over a wider area.
Some of these chemicals remain in the systems of plants and animals for a long time and might get in the food cycle when the impacted plants and animals are consumed.
Bioaccumulation of harmful compounds in the systems of plants, animals, and human beings has the potential to impact their reproductive lives, growth, impair the function of various 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 Leon Valley and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide information on the constituents of the products, including signs and words, to indicate the danger to animals, human beings, 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 habit of checking out the labels of a product before deciding to purchase them.
What Can You Do to Handle Contaminated Materials?
Purchase Eco-friendly Products – Experts concur that the very best way to manage waste is to not produce it in the first place. You can start by avoiding the purchase of products that contain chemicals that are hazardous to human beings, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are naturally degradable or friendly to the environment.
Safe Product Storage – Ensure that harmful products are stored in a safe place, that their containers are not harmed, do not have any leaks to decrease the danger of polluting water sources, land, human beings, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that corrosive products like acids are kept in different areas from other harmful products.
Check products often to ensure that there are no leaks and broken lids or bulging sides.
Always store products in their initial containers to prevent unintentional usage.
Ensure that these products are kept 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? Because there are no safe methods of getting rid of hazardous waste. You can prevent the issue of hazardous waste disposal by either selecting naturally degradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, next-door neighbors, or family or purchasing 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 amounts of hazardous waste, the existence of laws to manage the normal small quantities generated at the home is non-existent. For this reason, the responsibility for the management of hazardous waste falls directly on the shoulders of the hazardous waste generators.
Protection of the environment can only occur when you play a role in finding innovative ways to re-use, recycle, or decrease waste. This is vital if we are to safeguard the environment and health of future generations. Keep In Mind That Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.
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