It is clear that the amount of household waste produced is increasing every year at a worrying rate, and government are under pressure to broaden existing garbage dumps or build brand-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 affect plants, the health of people and animals and are destructive to the environment when dealt with poorly
Improper management of household waste has the potential to be very destructive to the environment, people, and animals. What many of us might not realize is that many of those typical household products contain destructive, toxic, or combustible chemicals that can be dangerous to the environment if not dealt with or managed effectively.
Dangerous household waste should not be disposed of in the same way as regular waste. For instance, 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 cycle. Burning contaminated materials results in the release of toxic chemicals and fumes in the air. When released into the environment, these chemicals are dispersed over big locations, therefore affecting the health of persons over a larger area.
Some of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a very long time and might enter the food cycle when the impacted plants and animals are consumed.
Bioaccumulation of dangerous compounds in the systems of plants, animals, and people has the potential to affect their reproductive lives, growth, impair the function of various 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?
Check out the labels of products. In Salado Junction 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 suggest the risk to animals, people, 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 reading the labels of a product before deciding to purchase them.
What Can You Do to Manage Contaminated Materials?
Purchase Eco-friendly Products – Experts concur that the best way to control waste is to not produce it in the first place. You can begin by avoiding the purchase of products which contain chemicals that are hazardous to people, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are biodegradable or friendly to the environment.
Safe Product Storage – Ensure that dangerous products are kept in a safe place, that their containers are not damaged, do not have any leakages to decrease the threat of infecting water sources, land, people, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that destructive products like acids are kept in different locations from other dangerous products.
Check products often to ensure that there are no leakages and damaged lids or bulging sides.
Always store products in their initial containers to avoid unintentional 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 contaminated materials. You can avoid the problem of contaminated materials disposal by either selecting biodegradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, neighbors, or family or acquiring smaller volumes of the product.
If, nevertheless, disposal is unavoidable, then you should get rid of the waste in the way prescribed on the label.
Although there are laws to manage the handling and use of big quantities of contaminated materials, the presence of laws to manage the common small quantities produced at the household is non-existent. For this reason, the obligation for the management of contaminated materials falls directly on the shoulders of the contaminated materials 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 important if we are to protect the environment and health of future generations. Remember 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.