What to do with hazardous wastes

Hazardous waste are substances that contain toxic chemicals that may harm the environment if not properly disposed. Do you know that you may have such wastes at home? Look at your garage and you may find there leftover paints or spray paints, oil for automobiles, old car batteries and used light bulbs. Be careful because this is considered as hazardous waste. Do you have a garden at home? You might have some pesticides, which are also considered as hazardous. You better keep them away from the reach of your children.

Any hazardous wastes that you can find at home may endanger your health, especially if you have kids at home. If these wastes are not properly disposed, then you are risking the health of your family members. You must learn how to dispose these wastes properly to avoid accidents or unwanted situations.

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Managing hazardous wastes at home

Do not simply dump or throw away hazardous wastes that you have at home. This type of waste must not be mixed with other type of wastes. So, how do you think will you dispose them if you cannot just throw them together with other wastes? We have here a few tips for you so that you can manage disposing these hazardous wastes.

Pick up
There might be an establishment in your area, who picks up hazardous wastes. You might pay a small amount for such service, but better than risking the health of your family or destroying the environment, right? You have to keep contact the people concerned and ask for a schedule when they are going to pick it up. If you can’t find such establishment in your area, then look for other options.

Through the mail
Since home pick up is not available in your area, then mail it. There are establishments, who do not have pick up services, instead they are collected through the mail. Send them the hazardous wastes so that they can treat or dispose these wastes properly.

Community programs
There are community leaders, who have programs to collect hazardous wastes. If your community has such activities, then find time to gather your hazardous wastes and bring them during the community event. This is one of the best things that your community leaders can do for the residents.
Those are just a few ways on how you can dispose your hazardous wastes properly. It could have been better if everybody will pay attention to this type of waste so that no health or environment will be at risk.

How can hazardous waste affect the environment?

It could have been better if all citizens are concerned about the environment because there are so many situations happening that affects the environment due to improper waste disposal. If this issue won’t be given immediate solution, then we will later on see our surroundings destroyed. We must not allow this terrible thing to happen because if we can’t do something to solve the waste disposal issues, then we will be the ones to suffer.
Are you staying in a city with various factories, especially those who are producing beverages or food? Some of these factories dispose waste without following the rules and regulations about waste disposal. Do you know that these factories also dispose hazardous wastes? There are toxic chemicals disposed during the process of their products. It would be good if the chemical is properly disposed. But, some manufacturers or producers dispose these hazardous wastes in the rivers or oceans. Is that a good thing to do? Of course, not.
When wastes containing hazardous chemicals are disposed into the ground or water, the chemicals will contaminate the water or ground. When it is already contaminated, the problem will now start and never end if the authority will not interrogate these factories.

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Effects of hazardous materials to the environment
When wastes, containing toxic chemicals contaminate our land and water, then it may lead to serious problems when not given immediate treatment. We have here some effects listed for your awareness.

Water Pollution
When hazardous wastes are disposed in the water, then this will lead to pollution. In that case, all living things in the water will suffer and die. It will also lead to the destruction of marine habitat. If this happens, you won’t find fishes again. Of course, these fishes will try their best to leave and find a new place to stay. Those who can’t leave right away will die. So, you will just find them floating or scattered on the shore.

Land Contamination
When these hazardous wastes contaminate the land, then the land will get dry and every tree, flower or crop planted there will die or not grow. With such place, you will feel like you are living in the desert. If the land is not safe, then it may also affect lines, where drinking water is passing. Thus, risking every our health. Without plants around, of course, farm animals cannot also stay because they won’t have a place to stay and food to eat.

Proper disposal of domestic hazardous waste

Can you think of things that maybe a threat to you and to the environment? Look around you and check out any substance that contains toxic chemicals, which may ignite or explode, especially when exposed to heat. May be you are not aware that you can even find these substances at home. Actually, these are hazardous substances. So, most of the time they are kept and stored in a place that is far from reach of children. When these are swallowed, it is either you get sick or die.
Are you even aware that you have the domestic type of hazardous wastes in your drawers or cabinets? These hazardous substances comes in various forms, such as gas, solid or liquid. You have to know that paints, fluorescent lights, pesticides or insecticides, motor oil, thermometer, mobile phones, tv, aerosol spray, cleaning agents and lithium batteries are considered as a domestic type of hazardous wastes. Can you find them at home? So how do you dispose them?

Types of hazardous wastes

Disposing domestic type of hazardous wastes
It could have been better if everybody is aware about the proper disposal of hazardous wastes. You can’t just throw them away and mix with other wastes. So, for those who do not have any idea about how to dispose this type of domestic waste, it would be best for you to check this out. This is an ideal way of disposing hazardous wastes properly.

  • Segregate your wastes

Since you must not mix hazardous with non-hazardous waste, the best thing that you can do is to segregate the waste. Use different containers for each type of waste for ease and convenience of disposing.

  • Call for hazardous waste pick-up services

It could have been better if you can call for a pick-up service. This is an easy way of disposing waste properly. This type of service is not free, so expect to pay a certain amount depending on how much waste you have.

  • Send the hazardous waste to drop-off facilities

If a pick-up service is not available in your area, then locate a facility, where you can drop-off your hazardous waste. You might be a busy person, but you have to find time to dispose the hazardous waste rather keeping them at home.

  • Recycle the waste if possible

You might have leftover paint that you want to dispose. If the paint is still usable, then it would be best to give it to those who need it. You may also ask a shop, who accepts computers, tv or batteries for recycling.