Protect the Environment by Properly Disposing Hazardous Wastes in Your Home

22 February 2016
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Proper disposal of hazardous wastes should not be viewed as a sole responsibility of heavy manufacturing industries. As a homeowner, you should know that hazardous materials have potential effects to the health of other people and the environment. Some examples of hazardous materials in your home include household cleaning products and detergents, flammable liquids, paints, poisons, and garden chemicals. Such products should not be disposed of near ponds and wildlife habitats as they could injure or kill animals due to poisoning. For cases where you are not sure of the nature of the harm that could be caused by suspicious products in your home, ensure that you accumulate and store at a specific point until the time of collection by the respective bodies. Follow these tips to help you dispose of hazardous wastes in your home safely. 

Make Use of Household Hazardous Exchange Programmes

Find out whether there are any hazardous exchange programmes in your region that may offer you facilities to drop unwanted chemicals at no costs. Such programmes could be funding the Regional Councils and Local Governments to collect, store, and dispose of household hazardous wastes that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and explosive. In addition, such programmes may find hazardous wastes useful. Therefore, search for curbside pick-up facilities and drop-off sites around your region to avoid dumping of harmful wastes that could be reused by someone else.   

Donation and Recycling

Processing and manufacturing industries may always have a use for your household hazardous wastes. Before tossing a questionable product into the trash, think of a nearby company that could use the material. Such materials may include cleaning products, pesticides, and paints. They may be recycled by such companies and brought back to use. 

Waste Reduction

Reducing the amount of hazardous wastes would be an excellent option as well. To achieve this, you can start by using non-hazardous alternative materials and products whenever possible. For instance, hazardous material such as degreasers or spray paints may be packaged in your aerosol containers. Tiny particles of these hazardous materials can be inhaled easily, making it destructive. For this reason, try anti-aerosol alternatives such as pump sprays. Alternatively, you can keep your indoor air smelling clean and nice by having an open box of baking soda in a strategic place (such as above the curtain frame) in the room you want. Leaving a dish of vanilla or vinegar in a room for a while may work as well.

For further assistance, contact local residential rubbish removal professionals.