Today, however, the problem of household hazardous waste has become more acute due to the artificially enhanced power of the chemical reactions roiling in our refuse. Dig through our garbage, and you discover myriad toxins, corrosives, flammables and combustibles mixing candidly with viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa.
Now you understand why we’re taking some time to talk about household hazardous waste disposal: the stuff is seriously nasty.
Safe methods of recycling hazardous waste reduce environmental pollution and its associated health hazards. Determining the proper procedure for disposal of household hazardous waste is, however, no easy task.
Remember, we are dealing with potentially or currently toxic material, some of which could explode or burst into flames. We can’t just toss such material into the regular trash; it should not be drained into the street or out in a field or down your sinks or flushed down the toilet, either. [Continue reading]