Thousands of companies dispose of tons of hazardous waste on a daily basis, and sadly much of this waste is not dealt with properly, and can have detrimental effects. If left unconstrained, hazardous waste can leave a huge and damaging footprint on our ecosystems.
Anything that has been disposed of that will potentially harm its surroundings and those who live nearby is considered hazardous waste. This can range from anything such as chemical waste and materials left over from manufacturing to household garbage such as cleaning solutions, batteries and non-biodegradable plastics.
Hazardous waste has tremendous impact on the environment. Air, soil, and wildlife health are all affected by the amounts of hazardous waste generated on a daily basis by business and industries. Of course, regulations exist to help us dispose of it properly, but contamination continues to occur.
The main short term risk is water pollution. The chemicals that pour into our waterways make streams, rivers, lakes and aquifers unsafe to use for drinking or agricultural purposes. Animals and plants sicken and die when they drink contaminated water, and human health in areas downstream may be affected. However, it is the long term repercussions that have a detrimental effect.
Long-term effects include signs of mutation in animals, cancer and other diseases in humans, trash in our waterways and green spaces, and destruction of many natural resources. Insect populations such as bees, which are crucial to preserving the fertility of plant life are dying faster than they can repopulate, due to human pollution.
Ultimately, hazardous waste disposal is critically important to the environment and your business operations. Trying to determine how to dispose of your hazardous waste on your own usually ends up with disastrous results and heavy fines. Look for a hazardous waste transporter that is both licensed, bonded and has adequate insurance to ensure your company is protected to the fullest possible extent.