It is clear that the quantity of home waste produced is increasing every year at a worrying rate, and government are under pressure to expand existing land fills or construct 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 destructive to the environment when handled poorly
Improper management of home waste has the potential to be extremely destructive 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 flammable chemicals that can be hazardous to the environment if not dealt with or managed correctly.
Hazardous home waste should not be gotten rid of in the same way as regular waste. For instance, gas 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 contaminated materials results in the release of poisonous chemicals and fumes in the air. When released into the environment, these chemicals are dispersed over large locations, thereby impacting the health of persons over a broader area.
A few of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a long period of time and might get in the food chain when the affected plants and animals are taken in.
Bioaccumulation of hazardous substances in the systems of plants, animals, and human beings 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 nerve 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 Longhorn 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 risk 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 practice of checking out the labels of a product before making the decision to purchase them.
What Can You Do to Handle 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 that contain chemicals that are hazardous 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 stored in a safe place, that their containers are not damaged, do not have any leakages to decrease the danger of contaminating water sources, land, human beings, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that destructive products like acids are stored in separate locations from other hazardous products.
Check products regularly to ensure that there are no leakages and broken covers or bulging sides.
Constantly 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 constantly be the last resort. Why? Since there are no safe methods of disposing of contaminated materials. You can avoid the problem of contaminated materials disposal by either picking 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, nevertheless, disposal is unavoidable, then you should get rid of the waste in the manner prescribed on the label.
Although there are laws to control the handling and use of large quantities of contaminated materials, the existence of laws to control the normal small quantities created at the home is non-existent. For this reason, the responsibility for the management of contaminated materials falls squarely on the shoulders of the contaminated materials generators.
Protection of the environment can only occur when you contribute in finding creative ways to re-use, recycle, or decrease waste. This is essential if we are to secure the environment and health of future generations. Keep In Mind That Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.
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