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Hazardous Waste – The Facts

We’re all guilty of being wasteful with household goods. Whether you can’t be bothered squeezing the last splodge of toothpaste from the bottom of the tube, or use more toilet tissue than you need to when you spend a penny, waste is created in a number of ways. Disposing of domestic waste is pretty straightforward. In most instances, you simply recycle it in the right containers at home ready to be collected on bin day.

When it comes to hazardous waste, it’s a different story. This type of waste has to be disposed of in a responsible manner. If you fail to do this, there could be severe penalties.

Tons of hazardous waste is produced around the world each year. As human beings, we have a growing responsibility to carefully dispose of these toxic items. To make you aware of hazardous waste, and how this can be harmful to you, we reveal a few facts.

What is hazardous waste?    

Waste classified as hazardous or toxic is anything that can be harmful to either the environment or to any living thing it comes into contact with. Most of this waste is man-made and produced by manufacturing plants, including many household products you will find in any domestic abode. Take a look at home and you will find plenty of detergents, oils and potentially hazardous products that could be harmful to the environment. They are usually found under the kitchen sink, in basements, sheds or garages, and could be toxic if they are not disposed of properly.

How is this dangerous?

Many types of toxic wastes exist which are damaging to the health of living beings and to the environment in a number of ways. Some of this waste is flammable, and can easily combust, so it needs to be stored, handled and disposed of accordingly. Other types of waste are corrosive with acid bases, and there are also reactive types of wastes that can explode if they come into contact with heat or mixed with water, with serious consequences. Plus a number of toxic wastes release noxious gases into the atmosphere and can be unstable in all types of conditions. Rather worryingly, a high number of hazardous waste types create serious health problems if they are inhaled, ingested, or touched by the skin, so great care should be taken when handling these types of substances. In all instances, this waste has to be disposed of correctly.

What types are there?

There are many instances of toxic waste, many of which can be found in the average family home. This could be something as simple as motor oil stored in a garage, or tins of paint kept in a basement. Classic types of household waste include:

  • Tins of Paint
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Thinners and Solvents
  • Used Aerosols
  • Car Batteries and Motor Oil
  • Gardening Supplies Such as Pesticides
  • Fluorescent Bulbs

All of this waste should be disposed of in the proper way and recycled or processed correctly by expert collection agencies who work closely with hazardous waste disposal centres.

This is the type of service we provide here at Pure Clean Waste Solutions Ltd. Our highly experienced hazardous waste disposal service helps our customers stay compliant with all the latest environmental legislation. Please contact us for more details and to arrange a toxic waste collection, or call us on 0161 430 1111.

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