Many products we use in our homes, particularly cleaning products, contain harsh chemicals that are necessary for doing the jobs they are intended for.
With regular exposure to these products we have become desensitized about the nature of the chemicals involved.
The truth of the matter is that many of the chemicals used in these products are considered hazardous, and thus they require special treatment when being disposed of.
Simply throwing away many of these items is extremely dangerous for the environment.
This article will present several tips for carrying out the safe and proper disposal of hazardous waste.
Tip 1: Identify hazardous materials
For the most part, we are all too aware of how toxic many of the products we use actually are.
We take necessary precautions to avoid contact with our skin or eyes, and we certainly avoid ingesting such items.
Nevertheless, when we are done with these products we dispose of them by throwing them in the trash like normal. Sometimes we even throw them in the sink garbage disposal and this can be extremely dangerous.
Knowing how harmful these products are to the environment is just as critical as knowing how harmful they are to us.
A simple rule of thumb is that if a product is harmful to a person, it is harmful to the environment.
Products harmful to the environment need to be disposed of carefully.
Tip 2: Recycle hazardous materials
With an increased concern over environmental safety, many items that are hazardous can now be recycled.
Batteries, old cell phones and even old computers can be taken to places for recycling, thus eliminating the dangers of these items being in traditional landfills.
Many places will offer reimbursement for these items, especially cell phones and computers.
Thus, not only will you help save the environment, but you can also make some extra cash in the process.
Tip 3: Use proper disposal facilities
In the case of hazardous materials that cannot be recycled, proper facilities may be located nearby that will dispose of them for you.
These facilities are usually government run, and thus can be found listed in a phonebook under government agencies, or online under local government sites.
It is always best to call before you go, in order to ensure that you are bringing the right items and in the right manner.
Tip 4: Use by-mail-kits
In the event that facilities for hazardous waste disposal aren’t located nearby, by-mail-kits can be used.
These kits can be requested online or over the phone, and they will inform you of what materials to send and how to send them.
This method may require a fair amount of extra effort, but protecting the environment is well worth it.
Tip 5: Minimize hazardous waste
The best way to dispose of hazardous waste is to not create it in the first place.
The vast majority of products that use hazardous chemicals are also available in non-hazardous form.
Environmentally friendly packaging will be labeled as such, as will products that use environmentally safe ingredients.
Purchasing these products will mean that you can dispose of them in regular trash, eliminating the environmental risk as well as the extra effort that the proper disposal of hazardous materials requires.
Protecting the environment is something that should be top of everyone’s list of priorities.
Following the five tips listed in this article will help you to protect the environment by reducing hazardous waste, as well as ensuring that such waste is safely and properly disposed of.