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Handling Harmful Household Waste-- Your Roles And Obligations

It is no secret that the amount of home waste produced is increasing year after year at a worrying 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 home products. Harmful home waste are home products which contain chemicals that have the potential to affect plants, the health of humans and animals and are detrimental to the environment when handled improperly

Incorrect management of home waste has the potential to be extremely detrimental to the environment, people, and animals. What many of us might not recognize is that many of those common home products contain destructive, hazardous, or flammable chemicals that can be harmful to the environment if not handled or managed appropriately.

Harmful home waste should not be dealt with in the same way as regular waste. For instance, gasoline 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 hazardous chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment, these chemicals are dispersed over large locations, thereby impacting the health of persons over a wider area.

A few of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a long time and might enter the food cycle when the affected plants and animals are consumed.

Bioaccumulation of harmful compounds in the systems of plants, animals, and humans has the potential to affect their reproductive lives, growth, hinder the function of numerous organs such as the liver and kidneys, affect the performance 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 Thelma and other parts of the country, labels are required for all products. These should provide details on the constituents of the products, consisting of symbols and words, to suggest the risk to animals, humans, and the environment if mishandled.

How To Tell If Products Are Hazardous?

Always read the label of products in your home and make it a practice of checking out the labels of a product before deciding to buy them.

What Can You Do to Manage Contaminated Materials?

Purchase Environmentally Friendly Products – Experts agree 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 damaging to humans, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are eco-friendly 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 leaks to lower the risk of contaminating water sources, land, humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that destructive products like acids are stored in separate locations from other harmful products.

Check products often to ensure that there are no leaks and broken covers or bulging sides.

Always store products in their initial containers to avoid unintended usage.

Ensure that these products are stored 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 disposing of contaminated materials. You can avoid the issue of contaminated materials disposal by either picking eco-friendly products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, neighbors, or family or buying smaller volumes of the product.

If, nevertheless, disposal is inescapable, 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 large amounts of contaminated materials, the presence of laws to control the common small quantities produced at the home is non-existent. For this reason, the responsibility for the management of contaminated materials falls directly on the shoulders of the contaminated materials generators.

Protection of the environment can only happen when you contribute in finding creative ways to re-use, recycle, or lower waste. This is vital if we are to protect the environment and health of future generations. Bear In Mind That Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.

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