A Hazardous waste is a diverse type of solid, liquid or gaseous waste, which are harmful or dangerous to the health of human beings or animals and to the environment. Now, look around you. Do you think you can find some of these wastes at home, in your workplace or in the neighborhood? What if you are not aware that you are already exposed to this kind of waste? Will you just keep them or dispose them? Of course, we must dispose them, but you have to do it the right way. Disposing it improperly may lead your life at risk.
Understanding different symbols
The only way to find out that something contains a hazardous compound is to through the symbols. Do you know that this type of waste is not supposed to be mixed with other non-hazardous waste? So, if you can see the symbols, then you have to be careful with it. It could have been better, if you can segregate it and then, dispose it properly.
When you see ignite symbols, then this only means that there is a chemical contained that is actually flammable. When you see a corrosive symbol, then this means that the waste contains acid chemicals that has the capability to disintegrate metal materials. A reactive symbol means that the waste contains explosive or toxic chemicals. And then, a toxic symbol means that the waste contains chemicals that may be harmful to your health once ingested.
How to be responsible with hazardous waste?
If you have hazardous wastes at home or in your workplace, then you should be responsible enough in disposing it properly. Anyway, if you are working in a company with this kind of waste, then you have to make sure that you are going to follow the rules and regulations in your area about how to dispose it. Because if you cannot abide the law, then you will be charged with legal actions and fines.
You have to be aware that there are products that you usually use and they contain hazardous chemicals. There are automotive products, such as fluids, antifreeze, motor oils as well as gasoline. There are also products that you can find at home, such as batteries, fluorescent bulbs, household cleaners, paint, pesticides, insecticides as well as chemicals for your swimming pool.
You have to make an arrangement with hazardous waste services to pick up your wastes from home, school or workplace. If you do not know where to find them, then it would helpful to track their location online.
There might also be a drop-off facility in your area. If you think you have one, then it would be best to bring your hazardous wastes there. You must also ask if they have direct companies around your area, where you can send your hazardous waste.
There are also people or companies, who buys or accepts hazardous waste that they can recycle. It could have been better if you can find their location or can connect to them. That is a very good way of disposing your hazardous wastes.