Proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste are vital to the safety of humans and animals. Hazardous waste chemicals are commonly found in laboratories and large manufacturing factories. However, there are also many toxic wastes that can be found inside your home. Most cleaning materials and pesticides are toxic. To avoid damaging the environment and compromising your health, you need to dispose of all the unnecessary, unknown, and expired chemicals properly in your home. But, how do you know which ones are toxic and how you should handle them? A company that offers hazardous waste management services may be able to help you with this.
Types of Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste materials fall into four general categories, which include:
- Ignitable wastes, as the name implies, are highly flammable. Aside from being flammable, ignitable wastes also produce toxic fumes when they burn.
- Corrosive chemical wastes, such as acid, can deteriorate metals and tissue.
- Reactive wastes can explode, as well as produce poisonous fumes, when they come into contact with other chemicals.
- Toxic chemicals are substances that can poison both animals and humans, especially if swallowed. Unfortunately, toxic wastes are easily inhaled or absorbed by the body.
What Can be Disposed of and What Can be Recycled?
Most hazardous wastes need to be disposed of as soon as possible. However, there are instances when recycling is an option. For example, batteries, coolant, tires, light bulbs, latex paint, unused lubricant, and some types of fuel can still be recycled. On the other hand, materials like regular paint, lead-based paint chips, aerosols, wood treatment products, and dioxins are non-recyclable and need to be disposed of.
Importance of Proper Waste Management
Proper waste disposal is a big plus for the economy and the environment, primarily if the items can still be recycled as it helps protect natural resources, reduce pollution, and prevent a variety of environmental hazards. Recycling also encourages people to reduce their dependence on raw energy and materials so they can live more sustainable lives.
Likewise, recycling also allows organizations to enjoy increased production efficiency but at reduced costs. It also has a positive impact on their reputation and overall brand awareness since people are more willing to trust companies who support green activities and principles. If everyone puts extra effort in adhering to proper waste management regulations, the world can have a brighter and safer future.
Aside from the disposal of regular wastes, Kary Environment Services, Inc., Inc. also manages low-level radioactive, medical, and biological wastes which help their clients in Phoenix avoid dangerous and costly hazardous waste management mistakes.