Disposing of hazardous waste improperly can have huge impacts on a community. People, plants and animals can all be harmed by careless disposal methods, especially if those methods allow toxic chemicals to seep into the local groundwater. So keep reading if you're interested in learning about just a few things you can do to more carefully dispose of hazardous waste, whether as an individual or a business.
Identify Hazardous Waste
The first step to properly disposing of hazardous waste is identifying what qualifies as hazardous and what does not. Many people know not to throw batteries -- whether lithium ion or nickel cadmium -- in their trash can because they know that the trash will ultimately end up in a landfill where seepage into groundwater is possible. But other similarly common materials should also never be included with other garbage. These include all automotive liquids, such as brake fluid, coolants, motor oil and transmission fluid. Fertilizers, pesticides, and chemicals used to treat swimming pools also make the list of items you should avoid throwing away with the rest of your trash.
Avoid Buying in Bulk
Though it is often the smarter financial decision to buy in bulk, when it comes to hazardous materials, you're usually better off only buying what you know you need in the short term. This ensures that you won't have excess materials lying around for months on end, not to mention having to worry about the storage and disposal of those materials. If your usage of hazardous materials is regular enough that it allows you to accurately predict how much you'll use, then you can feel comfortable about buying in bulk. Until then, buy in smaller amounts and save yourself the hassle.
Locate Your Local Disposal Center
All states have a number of centers at which you can drop off hazardous waste. After you've located the one closest to you, there are a few things you should and shouldn't do. First, double check that all your materials are in their original containers, or at the very least labelled in a way that they are easily identifiable. Under no circumstance should you mix hazardous materials together for the sake of convenience, as the results could be unpredictable at best. Finally, make sure that all the container caps are tightly screwed on, so that you don't have to worry about spillage inside your vehicle while driving to your local disposal center. Contact a company like TransChem Environmental for more information.Share