It is vital that the disposal of chemicals and waste is appropriately handled by professionals as it can have a serious impact on the environment & all living organisms including humans.
WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE?
Hazardous waste have properties that make them dangerous or potentially harmful to human health, living organisms & environment and they cannot be placed in your garbage bin.
While in their simplest forms they are liquids, solids, gases, or a sludge, we also think of hazardous waste in terms of its originating waste stream: liquid waste, clinical/medical waste and e-waste.
Chemicals may include:
- Paint & paint related products
- Pesticides & herbicides
- Solvents & household cleaners
- Motor oils, fuels and fluids
- Gas bottles & fire extinguishers
- Pool chemical
- Acids and alkalis
- Hobby chemical
- Fluorescent tubes
To handle hazardous waste at home safely you should:
- Keep the goods in their original containers if possible. If containers are leaking, use new containers but never use food containers like soft drink bottles.
- Don’t mix chemicals when decanting a substance into a new storage container.
- Make sure all labels, including warning labels and manufacturer’s instructions, remain intact on the packaging.
- Store goods upright with lids secured tightly and out of the reach of young children.
- Keep all ignition sources, such as matches, well away from the storage area.
- Ensure the storage area cool and dry.
- Buy the smallest amount for your needs.
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