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Disposing Of Hazardous Household Waste

September 23rd, 2015

While industries are required by law to dispose of the hazardous waste that they generate in a safe manner, many households are not held to this requirement. Consequently, individuals and families are not aware of the amount of dangerous and environmentally damaging waste they generate. This lack of awareness caused them to dispose the waste without taking any precautionary measures.

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The Dangers of Improper Disposal

If not properly disposed of, hazardous waste can:

  • Place sanitation workers and others who come into contact with it, at risk.
  • If poured down drains, it contaminate septic tanks and wastewater treatment facilities.
  • If poured down drains, it can pollute the water bodies that the drains empty into.
  • If sent to unprotected landfills, it will contaminate surface and ground water that is a source of drinking water.

Examples of Hazardous Waste

The list of potentially hazardous waste that a home can generate is huge. Here is a very small list of the seemingly safe and innocent but actually toxic waste, a home can generate:

  • Rat and other rodent poisons
  • Batteries
  • Insecticides and herbicides
  • Oven cleaners
  • Drain openers
  • Nail polish and polish removers
  • Wood and metal cleaner
  • Cosmetics of various kinds
  • Adhesives
  • Automotive oils

The list goes on and on. Contact your town authorities or a green trash haulage company for more information.

Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows that it is not possible to regulate the waste from every household in the country. It has therefor developed a household waste exemption policy that is constantly evolving, to allow homes to control the waste they generate ina convenient yet safe manner. More information is available at the EPA website.

Every state has its own laws and policies on this matter. Click here for information on the policies and regulations in California.

Ways to Reduce Waste

Controlling the generation of hazardous waste does not mean any drastic change in lifestyle. All it requires is taking a little care in disposing of trash and using your common sense. Among the things you can do are:

  • Buy things only in the quantity you need and only when you need them.
  • Donate unused portions to community organizations or share them with friends.
  • There are specific disposal policies and sites for a number of toxic items. Learn where they are and how to use them.
  • Take a little time to read product information on labels carefully. Whenever possible, try to buy a nonhazardousalternative to a hazardous one.
  • Ensure that a toxic product is completely used before throwing it away.
  • Do not remove product labels or removeproducts from their originalcontainers.
  • Do not mix toxic and not toxic material together.

Being an environmentally friendly home is not difficult. All it takes is a little awareness of the types and quantities of waste being generated and its proper disposal. The best way to ensure that you are doing it the right way is to use the services of a registered trash and junk haulage company that is committed to and is known for recycling as much of the waste it collects. Also choose a company that dumps the rest in a safe and approved manner. It will not cost you anything extra and in fact, the best ones offer a discount on loads that contain a minimum amount of recyclable material.

Safe Hazardous Waste Disposal

August 24th, 2015

What is Hazardous Waste?

The definition of hazardous waste is simple – it is anything that is harmful to human or animal health or to the environment. It can be in any form – solid, liquid, sludge or gas. While manufacturing industries are the biggest producers of this waste, hospitals, offices and homes also contribute in the form of batteries, electrical items, cleaning materials and so on. Hazardous waste must be disposed of differently, from biodegradable waste.

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Why Proper Disposal Is Important?

Hazardous waste is toxic. If it is not disposed of properly, it can put human, animal and plant life in danger.  Contamination in the soil can leach into the water supply and the atmosphere. When this happens life and health are put at risk. The property values in an area that is contaminated plummet and the polluters are liable to fines and lawsuits.

The Right Way to Dispose It

The easiest way to begin is to reduce the amount of hazardous waste that is produced. For manufacturers among the steps that can be taken are:

  • Replacing hazardous material with safer ones.
  • Improving manufacturing processes to reduce waste.
  • Using better and more modern equipment.
  • Training employees in waste handling practices.

For the home:

  • Recycle everything you can.
  • Donate all that can be donated.
  • Consider repair instead of replacement where possible.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste properly instead of pouring it in toilets, down the drain, or in the ground.

Sign Up with a Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal Specialist

You may be doing all of the above and more. But your responsibility to your community and the planet does not end there. What if the hazardous waste you have been so careful with is dumped in the wrong place, in the wrong way? There are a lot of fly-by-night waste collection companies that only want to collect your garbage and bill you for it. They dump the waste wherever they can, with no regard to the pollution they cause, so they can move on to the next job. All your efforts to be a good citizen go down the drain.

Using a licensed and reputed green trash haulage and disposal company is neither more difficult nor more expensive. The good ones offer 7 days a week service and can be depended upon to collect your garbage and ensure that it is disposed of in the correct way. When trash is dumped at a disposal site, there is a charge which you have to bear. However, plenty of material can be recycled and the green haulage companies sell this and will share the income with you, lowering your overall costs. Being really green will not empty your pocket.

Check out the company you are using and find out how green they really are.

Finding the Right Company

If you have doubts about the company you are using, finding the right one is easy. Talk to green haulage and disposal companies to find one you can depend on to do the job the right way. Ask for details on how they operate, how trash is disposed of and how recyclable materials are sold. The one that gives you clear and direct answers, and is backed by reputation and experience, is the one you that you can depend on and be sure off.

 
 
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