It is no secret that the amount of home waste produced is increasing year after year at a disconcerting rate, and government are under pressure to expand existing landfills or construct brand-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 affect plants, the health of human beings and animals and are damaging to the environment when managed improperly
Improper management of home waste has the potential to be extremely damaging to the environment, people, and animals. What many of us might not understand is that many of those typical home products contain destructive, poisonous, or combustible chemicals that can be hazardous to the environment if not dealt with or managed appropriately.
Hazardous home waste should not be dealt with in the same way as routine 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 poisonous chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment, these chemicals are distributed over large areas, thus impacting 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 affected plants and animals are consumed.
Bioaccumulation of hazardous compounds in the systems of plants, animals, and human beings has the potential to affect their reproductive lives, growth, hinder the function of various organs such as the liver and kidneys, affect the performance of the central nerve 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 Terrell Hills and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide information on the constituents of the products, consisting of signs and words, to indicate the hazard to animals, human beings, and the environment if mishandled.
How To Tell If Products Are Hazardous?
Constantly read the label of products in your home and make it a habit of checking out the labels of a product before making the decision to purchase them.
What Can You Do to Handle Contaminated Materials?
Purchase Eco-friendly Products – Experts agree that the very 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 harmful to human beings, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are eco-friendly or friendly to the environment.
Safe Product Storage – Ensure that hazardous products are kept in a safe place, that their containers are not harmed, do not have any leakages to minimize the threat of polluting water sources, land, human beings, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that destructive products like acids are saved in different areas from other hazardous 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 avoid unintentional usage.
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? Since there are no safe methods of getting rid of contaminated materials. You can avoid the predicament of contaminated materials disposal by either selecting eco-friendly products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, next-door neighbors, or family or buying smaller volumes of the product.
If, however, disposal is inescapable, 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 large quantities of contaminated materials, the existence of laws to manage the normal small quantities generated at the home is non-existent. For this reason, the duty 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 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.