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How to Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste disposal

Hazardous waste is everywhere, but not only huge industries are guilty of using hazardous materials. Toxic waste can be seen in our homes too. Hazardous waste disposal should be observed to protect yourself and the people around you and to keep the environment safe for everyone. If you are cleaning your toilet or sink, it is not recommended to use and pour harmful chemicals as it will not only pose a health risk to family members and the community but also harm the environment and wildlife. Improper disposal can affect human health through drinking and water consumption.

Manufacturers are obliged to put a proper label on dangerous products, such as flammable, combustible, poisonous, corrosive, and the like. Examples of household items that are considered hazardous are the following:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Non-alkaline batteries
  • Automobile batteries
  • Bleach, drain cleaners, and disinfectants
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaners
  • Needles, syringes, and lancets
  • Surface cleaners and furniture polish
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Nail polish
  • Propane or compressed gas cylinders

According to the US Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA), most household products are not if label directions are properly followed. They become harmful if improperly stored and disposed of. Proper disposal may depend on the type of waste and available disposal options in the community. Ordinances on landfills vary. Some landfills may accept hazardous household waste and others may not.

What are the recommendations for household-waste management?

1. Follow the instructions on the label.

It is the responsibility of the manufacturers to inform the consumers by indicating the disposal recommendations in their products.

1. Use of Special Treatment.

Multiple treatment methods can be applied to hazardous waste. It can be chemical, biological, thermal, and physical methods. For the chemical method, oxidation, precipitation, ion exchange, and reduction can be applied. The biological method can also be applied through the process of bioremediation. This process uses hazardous waste to treat previously contaminated land or sites.

2. Products should be fully used up.

To avoid hazardous waste, make sure products are fully consumed as intended. Do not buy a gallon of paint or cleaner if you only need a quart. Not only will you be protecting the environment, but you’ll also save money. If you do not intend to use it up, proper storage and disposal should be observed.

3. Recycle.

Recycling helps lessen the overall demand for dangerous household products and the quantity of waste produced. Some potential waste products can be collected and recycled to make them useful again. Be extra careful in recycling hazardous waste, especially propane tanks. Although they are made of aluminum or steel which are recyclable, propane tanks cannot be recycled because of the highly flammable propane content.

4. Use of Secure Landfills.

One of the most effective hazardous waste disposal methods is using secure landfills, which provides 10 feet (3 meters) separation between the base of the landfill and the bedrock. There is a technology used for this method that prevents liquid contaminants from being trapped in the landfill, which can cause environmental damage.

Hazardous waste disposal

Most dumpster rental services do not collect hazardous materials. They are often collected by cities and towns and deposited in landfills for special treatment. If there are dangerous products that you want to get rid of, Springfield MA Dumpster Rentals can assist you with finding a proper disposal center, or the Hazardous Waste Day in your town.

Springfield MA Dumpster Rental can accommodate any type of cleanout. We offer services in Springfield MA, and the nearby cities and towns. Springfield MA Dumpster Rental offers residential dumpster rental, commercial dumpster rental, and junk removal. Our company is committed to providing reliable, efficient, and excellent dumpster rental services to our customers. Call us now at 413-216-6313, and our friendly staff will answer all your concerns.

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