It is clear that the quantity of home waste produced is increasing year after year at a worrying rate, and federal governments are under pressure to broaden existing garbage dumps or build 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 people and animals and are harmful to the environment when managed poorly
Inappropriate management of home waste has the potential to be very harmful to the environment, individuals, and animals. What many of us might not recognize is that many of those common home products contain corrosive, hazardous, or flammable chemicals that can be harmful to the environment if not handled or managed effectively.
Hazardous home waste should not be disposed of in the same way as routine waste. For instance, 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 contaminated materials results in the release of hazardous chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment, these chemicals are dispersed over big locations, thus affecting the health of individuals over a larger area.
A few of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a long period of time and might enter the food cycle when the impacted plants and animals are consumed.
Bioaccumulation of harmful compounds in the systems of plants, animals, and people has the potential to impact their reproductive lives, development, impair the function of different 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?
Check out the labels of products. In Sayers and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide info on the constituents of the products, including signs and words, to show the hazard to animals, people, and the environment if mishandled.
How To Tell If Products Are Hazardous?
Constantly check out the label of products in your home and make it a routine of checking out the labels of a product before deciding to buy them.
What Can You Do to Handle 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 start 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 harmful products are stored in a safe place, that their containers are not damaged, do not have any leakages to minimize the risk of contaminating water sources, land, people, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that corrosive products like acids are saved in different locations from other harmful products.
Check products regularly to ensure that there are no leakages and damaged lids or bulging sides.
Constantly store products in their original 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 resort. Why? Because there are no safe ways of getting rid of contaminated materials. You can prevent the issue of contaminated materials disposal by either picking biodegradable 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 unavoidable, then you should dispose of the waste in the manner prescribed on the label.
Although there are laws to control the handling and use of big quantities of contaminated materials, the presence of laws to control the common small quantities generated at the home 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 creative ways to re-use, recycle, or minimize waste. This is necessary 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.