It is clear that the quantity of household waste produced is increasing year after year at a disconcerting rate, and federal governments are under pressure to expand existing land fills or build new ones to accommodate the waste that is being produced.
What is Hazardous Household Waste?
Household waste is leftover from household products. Harmful household waste are household products which contain chemicals that have the potential to affect plants, the health of humans and animals and are harmful to the environment when dealt with incorrectly
Inappropriate management of household waste has the potential to be very harmful to the environment, individuals, and animals. What many of us may not realize is that many of those common household products contain destructive, poisonous, or combustible chemicals that can be harmful to the environment if not handled or managed appropriately.
Harmful household waste should not be dealt with in the same way as regular waste. For example, 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 hazardous waste results in the release of poisonous chemicals and fumes in the air. When released into the environment, these chemicals are distributed over large locations, consequently impacting the health of individuals over a broader area.
Some of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a long period of time and may get in the food chain when the impacted plants and animals are consumed.
Bioaccumulation of harmful substances in the systems of plants, animals, and humans has the potential to affect their reproductive lives, growth, impair the function of numerous organs such as the liver and kidneys, affect the performance of the central nervous 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 Oak Island and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide information on the constituents of the products, including 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 household and make it a habit of checking out the labels of a product before deciding to purchase them.
What Can You Do to Manage Hazardous Waste?
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 harmful to humans, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are biodegradable or friendly to the environment.
Safe Product Storage – Ensure that harmful products are kept in a safe place, that their containers are not harmed, do not have any leakages to minimize the threat of infecting water sources, land, humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that destructive products like acids are kept in separate locations from other harmful products.
Check products often to ensure that there are no leakages and broken covers or bulging sides.
Constantly store products in their initial containers to prevent unintended use.
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 option. Why? Because there are no safe ways of getting rid of hazardous waste. You can prevent the issue of hazardous waste disposal by either picking biodegradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, neighbors, or family or acquiring smaller volumes of the product.
If, however, disposal is inevitable, then you should get rid of the waste in the manner recommended on the label.
Although there are laws to manage the handling and use of large quantities of hazardous waste, the presence of laws to manage the common small quantities generated at the household is non-existent. For this reason, the duty for the management of hazardous waste falls directly on the shoulders of the hazardous waste generators.
Protection of the environment can only take place when you play a role in finding creative ways to re-use, recycle, or minimize waste. This is vital 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.
We are experts in environmental clean-up, and we can help you with eradicating dangerous items in your home. Our number one goal is to ensure that the environment is safe for everyone to live in, and your health is protected. Get in touch with us today and get a free, no-obligation quote.