Category: Waste Disposal

How to properly dispose hazardous waste

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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.

 

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The Effects of Improper Waste Disposal

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It could have been better if every individual is concerned about proper waste disposal because various problems, such as pollution and sickness may arise due to hazardous wastes that contaminates the land and water near the communities. If only you are aware about the effects of improper waste disposal, then you will realize that we have to be responsible in managing waste properly.

You should know that the government has rules and regulations regarding waste disposal, so if you are a responsible citizen of your country, then you must learn to follow the rules. If not, then you will just contribute in generating waste as well as various waste disposal problems.

What do you think will happen if improper waste disposal continues in your country, particularly in your community? Think about a community and an environment with scattered waste everywhere and then, you will find mountains made of tons of junk. That would surely look pathetic, right? Anyway, we have here a list of the possible effects of the improper waste disposal to the environment and to the economy.

Water contamination

If human beings will keep on throwing their garbage and then, if factories will not stop disposing hazardous chemicals in the ocean or rivers, then water will be contaminated. Those wastes will change whatever organic composition is present in the water. Technically speaking, the water is polluted, affecting the habitat and ecosystem in the water. Therefore, it is a threat and it will harm the marine animals.

Land contamination

When contaminants or various hazardous chemicals get into the land, then it would surely harm the plants as well as land animals. Not only that, if human beings would eat those plants, then that will affect their wellness or health.

Air Pollution

When those hazardous chemicals and various garbage are improperly disposed, then it can cause air pollution. This will greatly affect the respiratory system of the people in the community. This is not a good idea because it might even bring more serious problems to your health.

Leachate

Water trickles may be formed in contaminated areas. This might also contain mixed chemicals and substances that will destroy the land and water nearby. It will surely lead to toxic contamination of the land and water.

Economic Effect

Can you imagine a town with such dirty and smelly environment? Who do you think would like to come and visit such places? Towns with such kind of environment will surely have an unhealthy lifestyle. In that case, tourists will not even come to visit your place and no entrepreneur would even want to invest business there. This town will look like an outcast in the society. Please, do not let that happen.

There are also recycling programs that the government offers to every community. Every resident must participate in such activities, so that they can help in reducing waste as well as in managing wastes. These people should know that programs, such as recycling and reusing wastes can be another source of income. That thing would be an advantage to them.

Categories: Waste Disposal