Tons of hazardous waste produced
Worldwide, this year
Hazardous waste is any chemical or by product that can harm the environment and any living thing that gets exposed to it. These wastes are produced by manufacturing plants, agricultural processes and some household products. The latter is the most overlooked - those that are lying innocently under your sink, in your basement or garage. As you realize, these toxic and hazardous products are very close to your home and family. When you innocently dispose of your old battery in the trash or when you dump oils in the drain, you’ve contributed to the already large amount of toxic waste in the environment.
Here are hazardous waste facts that can increase your awareness about one of our most pressing environmental concerns.
Some of the most common Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are the following:
Toxic or hazardous wastes need to be disposed of properly so it doesn’t pollute air, water and soil. They should be recycled, incinerated, buried in cement or stored in a lined pond – according to the EPA. Since it might be difficult for ordinary folks to identify the specific hazards, it’s best not to light a bonfire and burn whatever you think is hazardous. In trying to be helpful, you might cause an explosion and hurt yourself. Communities have collection agencies and recycling centers that handle hazardous waste disposal. Consult them if you have possibly toxic waste products in your homes.
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As a consumer, we can help minimize hazardous waste in our homes by buying natural and green products. Not only will you be helping the environment, you are also keeping your loved ones away from these toxic substances. It is worrying that we liberally use products that turns out to be harmful to our health, in the process of keeping our homes clean and smelling nice.
Read about our current environmental concerns and interesting facts about our environment at The World Counts: Stories. See if you can help in your own small way.