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Dangerous wastes are things that are bad for the health and well-being of people, plants, or animals. These things can’t be thrown away with regular trash because they need to be thrown away in a special way to keep people safe.
What are hazardous wastes from the home?
HHW, which stands for “household hazardous waste,” can be any of the following:
- Batteries that are used in the home, in cars, and even in cell phones and laptops.
- Things like TVs, cell phones, laptops, computers, music players, and so on are all electronic.
- Products used to paint the house, such as wood stain, wood preservative, and any kind of paint.
- Chemicals like fertilisers and pesticides that are used in gardening.
- Thermometers because they have mercury in them, which is poisonous.
- Things like scissors, broken glass, syringes, and needles are all sharp.
- Chemicals like bathroom cleaners and rust removers are used to clean.
- Fluorescent lighting like CFL etc.
Each of these products has chemicals in them that are bad for both our bodies and the environment. If they are thrown away carelessly, they can kill animals by accident.
Common HHW Categories
HHW can be classified as any of the below categories:
- Toxic – pesticides, medicines, batteries, solvents, radiator coolants, CFLs etc.
- Flammable – furniture cleaners, paint thinners, kerosene, gasoline, insect repellents etc.
- Corrosive – stain removers, rust removers, drain cleaners etc.
- Reactive/Explosive – acids, cylinders with propane or butane etc.
How to Get Rid of HHW Safely?
You can get rid of these Hazardous Household Wastes in a number of ways. When getting rid of these kinds of dangerous wastes, one must always follow the rules set by the state.
Find a Home Collection Service in your city.
If your city or town has a specialised waste management programme, you should always call them so they can pick up your HHW materials. They use the right methods to get rid of them.
Use up Products Fully
When you use up all of a product that has hazardous waste in it, the chance of contamination goes down. But that doesn’t give you the right to throw it away with other household trash.
Recycling is always a good idea because you don’t have to worry about how to get rid of the HHW. It helps cut down on the amount of dangerous waste you make overall.
Community Waste Collection
As a way to help people in our society live more sustainably, you can save all of your household waste until a community waste collection day. Waste management in your city or town usually takes care of this.
Donate your Extras
If you have extra paint after painting your fence, please don’t throw it away too soon. Instead of worrying about how to get rid of this toxic waste, you could give it to someone who needs it. There might be a club in your area that could use your extra paint. In the same way, old cell phones that still work can be given to someone who can use them.
Carefully store your HHW
Make sure not to mix together different types of dangerous trash from your home. Keep them in separate containers with tight lids.
We can’t get rid of all the products we use that contain HHW, but we can try to use them less. One way to do this is to choose less dangerous options. This way, we can also help the environment by putting less stress on it.