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Handling Hazardous Household Waste-- Your Roles And Responsibilities

It is obvious that the amount of home waste produced is increasing every year at a disconcerting rate, and government are under pressure to broaden existing garbage dumps 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 impact plants, the health of humans and animals and are destructive to the environment when dealt with poorly

Incorrect management of home waste has the potential to be extremely destructive to the environment, people, and animals. What many of us may not realize is that many of those typical home products contain destructive, toxic, or flammable chemicals that can be hazardous to the environment if not dealt with or managed effectively.

Hazardous home waste should not be dealt with in the same way as routine waste. For example, gasoline 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 chain. Burning contaminated materials results in the release of toxic chemicals and fumes in the air. When released into the environment, these chemicals are distributed over large areas, therefore impacting the health of individuals over a broader area.

A few of these chemicals stay in the systems of plants and animals for a long period of time and may 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 humans has the potential to impact their reproductive lives, growth, hinder the function of various organs such as the liver and kidneys, impact 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?

Read the labels of products. In San Jose 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 indicate the threat to animals, humans, 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 practice of checking out the labels of a product before deciding to purchase them.

What Can You Do to Manage Hazardous Waste?

Purchase Environmentally 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 that contain chemicals that are damaging to humans, animals, and the environment. Purchase those products that are naturally degradable 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 polluting water sources, land, humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Ensure that destructive products like acids are stored in separate areas from other hazardous products.

Check products regularly to ensure that there are no leakages and broken lids or bulging sides.

Constantly store products in their original containers to prevent unintentional 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 hope. Why? Because there are no safe methods of disposing of contaminated materials. You can prevent the dilemma of contaminated materials disposal by either selecting naturally degradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, next-door neighbors, or family or purchasing smaller sized volumes of the product.

If, however, disposal is unavoidable, then you should get rid of the waste in the manner prescribed on the label.

Although there are laws to regulate the handling and use of large quantities of contaminated materials, the existence of laws to regulate the normal small quantities created at the home is non-existent. For this reason, the obligation 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 innovative ways to re-use, recycle, or decrease waste. This is necessary 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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