Although it’s required by law that commercial business properly dispose of hazardous waste in a safe manner, residential homes are not held to this same requirements. Individuals and families are not aware of the potential danger it has on humans, animals, and the environment. By increasing our knowledge on this subject, we can reduce the amount of pollution the leaks into our environment.
Danger Of Improper Disposal
If hazardous waste is not properly dispose of, it can cause severe health and environmental problems. When thrown in with regular trash, it can injure sanitation workers. If sent to landfills it can impact ground and drinking water. When poured into drains, household hazardous waste can contaminate our oceans, and kill marine life.
Examples Of Hazardous Waste
Here is a small list of some harmless looking household hazardous waste that can be a dangerous to humans, animals, and even the environment:
- Bleach & Cleaners
- Light Bulbs
- Motor Oil
- Fire Extinguishers
Locating A Drop-Off Facility
Some counties do not provide hazardous pickup service, so dropping off your hazardous waste to a near by facility is another option. Most local transfer station will take limited amounts of hazardous waste for free or small fee. From previous experiences some facility are only open few days a week, so call before you go. If you are unsure of where to go, most local government websites will have directories for you to look through. If you have used motor oil, check with your auto garage if they accept fluids. Call around to a few different auto shops near you. If you are trying to recycle batteries, used cell phones, or computers try searching your local listing for E-Waste facilities which recycle on a daily basis.
Poisoning Prevention Tips
- Store harmful hazardous chemical away from children and foods.
- Keep all original labels on the container
- Child proof all your cabinets
- Make sure you have the Poison Control Center number located where hazardous chemicals are stored
- Read all safety warning before use
- Never mix hazardous chemicals into non hazardous bottles or containers