Hazardous waste has to be handled very differently to regular waste products because it poses a risk to either our health or the environment. This type of waste can by a byproduct of industrial processes, but can also be produced by agricultural practices and even from domestic sources.
The waste may contain toxic chemicals that cannot be recycled or disposed of through landfill sites. There are European laws in place to govern the handling of hazardous waste disposal, and these procedures have to be followed to the letter. Failure to do so may mean toxic material contaminating landfill sites and potentially contaminating water supplies.
Many people will think of industry as the largest producers of toxic waste, but it may surprise you to know just how much hazardous material we have contained in our homes. We are surrounded by a lot of everyday items that contain toxic substances which will need special care when it comes to replacing them.
The most common problem older properties suffered with was the use of asbestos during construction. This requires specialist removal and should never be attempted by a DIY enthusiast or home owner. Other items within older buildings that need special treatment are fluorescent tubes, garden pesticides, oil, batteries, paint and broken down fridges and freezers containing CFC gasses. Even electronic equipment such as televisions and computers can contain hazardous elements, and should never be thrown out with your regular rubbish collection.
Some materials that can be found in hazardous waste are chlorofluorocarbons and mercury. These are not biodegradable and will not break down or rot away like conventional waste. This type of waste needs to be burned properly through incineration to avoid damage to the ozone layer.
Proper handling and disposal of toxic waste can reduce the health risks to humans and animals alike. It may seem tempting to just dump your hazardous waste, but inappropriate dumping of hazardous waste can have serious environmental consequences. We all have a responsibility to keep the environment clean, so hiring professionals to dispose of your waste will go a long way to ensuring the health and safety of everyone around you.
Unfortunately, unscrupulous tradesmen or DIY-ers not willing to comply with these safety regulations and recycle it at licenced centres believe it is acceptable to simply tip their waste by the side of the road or on other people’s land. With fly-tipping cases increasing so too is the risk of contamination or spread of disease.
Secure Site UK is skilled in hazardous waste disposal and can offer an environmentally friendly and cost effective site decontamination services that includes waste collection and disposal for hazardous chemical waste such as pesticides, laboratory chemicals, industrial chemicals, spillages, tank cleaning and related contaminated materials.
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