It is obvious that the amount of household waste produced is increasing year after year at a worrying rate, and government are under pressure to expand existing land fills or develop new ones to accommodate the waste that is being produced.
What is Hazardous Home Waste?
Home waste is leftover from household products. Dangerous household waste are household products which contain chemicals that have the potential to impact plants, the health of human beings and animals and are destructive to the environment when handled improperly
Incorrect management of household waste has the potential to be very destructive to the environment, people, and animals. What many of us might not understand is that many of those typical household products contain corrosive, toxic, or combustible chemicals that can be harmful to the environment if not dealt with or managed effectively.
Dangerous household waste should not be disposed of in the same way as routine waste. For example, gasoline 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 toxic chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment, these chemicals are dispersed over big areas, consequently impacting the health of persons over a wider area.
A few of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a very long time and might get in the food cycle when the impacted plants and animals are consumed.
Bioaccumulation of harmful substances in the systems of plants, animals, and human beings has the potential to impact their reproductive lives, growth, hinder the function of various 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 Live Oak and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide details on the constituents of the products, including symbols and words, to indicate the risk to animals, human beings, and the environment if mishandled.
How To Tell If Products Are Hazardous?
Always read the label of products in your household and make it a routine of checking out the labels of a product before making the decision to acquire them.
What Can You Do to Manage Contaminated Materials?
Purchase Eco-friendly Products – Experts agree 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 damaging 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 threat of polluting water sources, land, human beings, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that corrosive products like acids are saved 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 unintended 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? Due to the fact that there are no safe ways of getting rid of hazardous waste. You can prevent the issue of hazardous waste disposal by either picking naturally degradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, neighbors, or family or buying smaller sized volumes of the product.
If, however, disposal is inescapable, then you should get rid of the waste in the way recommended 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 common small quantities produced at the household 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 occur when you play a role in finding innovative ways to re-use, recycle, or decrease waste. This is necessary if we are to safeguard the environment and health of future generations. Bear In Mind That Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.
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