While most household waste can be safely stored and disposed of by simply taking out the garbage, hazardous waste must be treated differently. Certain products cannot simply be poured down the drain, into sewer systems, or on the ground. Proper disposal not only protects the environment, but it also protects you, your family, and anyone coming into contact with this waste.
How to Handle Household Hazardous Waste Properly
The first essential tip starts with following the instructions on the product label. By meeting the requirements listed, you can help prevent any accidents from occurring. This includes reading the instructions as to the disposal of the product itself.
Many chemicals that are improperly handled may become dangerous when mixed with other chemicals, exposed to the skin, or inhaled into the lungs. Chemicals that are flammable not only may catch on fire but explode and cause considerable damage and injury. The product label should inform you what to do with hazardous materials once you no longer have need of them.
It is recommended that you store chemicals in their original containers whenever possible. If the container is corroding, then you may want to call the local fire department or hazardous materials official in your area. You also never want to mix hazardous waste with other chemicals. If you have leftover chemicals, it may be tempting to mix them with other unwanted chemicals or products so they can be disposed of together. However, the mixture may cause additional issues such as explosions, fire, or other serious problems.
Most communities have designated sites for the proper disposal of household hazardous waste. Check to see where your local designated site is located and what materials they accept.
Reducing Household Hazardous Waste in Your Home
Instead of purchasing potentially dangerous products, you can instead use alternatives where available. Here’s a short list of alternatives that are safe to use, store, and dispose of when no longer needed:
- Drain Cleaner: Plumber’s snake or plunger
- Furniture Polish: Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one pint of vegetable oil
- Glass Cleaner: Mix one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice with one quart of water
- Mothballs: Cedar chips, rosemary, or white peppercorns
- Rug Deodorizer: Sprinkle baking soda and vacuum after 15 minutes
Why Choose Brickley Environmental?
If you have questions about the proper use, storage, and disposal of household hazardous waste, call the experts at Brickley Environmental. Your call will be answered by friendly, courteous staff who will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide the proper guidance so you can make the best-informed decision.
At Brickley Environmental, we work with people who have the same issues that you are facing with hazardous household waste including its proper disposal. We also provide expert services in asbestos abatement, lead-based paint removal, mold remediation, demolition, and more. Call today and find out more about how Brickley Environmental can help you.
For more information about properly disposing of hazardous waste, click here to visit the EPA website.