How to Get Rid of Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste is a solid waste that can be very harmful to us. The degree of the risks depends on its quantity, concentration, chemical and infectious characteristics. They may create a significantly present and/or potential hazard in the future to our health and even the environment as well especially when improperly disposed. When this problem arises, it can cause serious and irreversible diseases and even death.
With that in mind, it is imperative that we should take extra precaution regarding this kind of problem. Ignorance is never an excuse. Learn about the things that you can do about hazardous waste because you are not just protecting other people, you are actually protecting your family and loved ones. Here are some of the common hazardous waste and how to get rid of them properly.
The main ingredients of aerosol cans are under pressure and therefore can explode anytime if not disposed properly. Rule number one is to throw aerosol can when they are completely empty. Now, in disposing the contents of the aerosol can properly—empty the cans by turning it upside down and spray the rest of the contents on newspapers or cardboards. Make sure that you do this in a well-ventilated area. Afterwards, roll the empty can in newspaper too and throw it in the trash.
Detergents, cleaners, bleach
If there are still small quantities that you want to dispose, dilute them in water before flushing them down the drain. Remember to never mix bleach containing products with ammonia containing products. According the University of Mexico Extension Service and Ohio State University, this two chemical can interact in a strange way that can form into a toxic and potentially deadly gas.
Some of the examples of acid containing products are cleaning products, drain openers and the like. These chemicals are threatening to human health and the environment as well. Never, never, never dispose them down the drain or just throw them away. The best way to get rid of them is to use all the contents according to package’s directions. If ever you really want to dispose them, call or take them to the nearest hazardous waste disposal facility.
Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides
These too are very hazardous to us and to the environment as well. Never pour them down the drain or anywhere for that matter. Either you use the chemicals up or take them the nearest hazardous waste disposal facility. Now if you are disposing empty cans, leave the lid off first until the insides are dry. Then wrap the containers with newspapers and throw in the trash.
Depending on the size of the hazardous waste, check with a few landfills in the area. What you’re going to find is that each and every one will have their own rules and regulations when it comes down to dropping off the waste. Be sure to call up a few in the area to see what can be done if you want to drop it off. Most will be able to discuss options right over the phone.