4 Things You Should Never Dispose of Alone
When to Call in the Professionals
Disposing of waste isn’t always as simple as throwing it in a dumpster. You may need professional help to dispose of certain material safely and efficiently. If you dispose of waste without the right help, you expose yourself to health hazards, environmental contamination, and property damage.
Biohazardous Waste / Sharp Objects
Anything contaminated with biological materials and sharp enough to puncture skin needs careful disposal. This includes razor blades, needles, lancets, scalpels, glass slides, and broken glass. Any waste connected with biohazard sharps (such as syringes) also needs proper disposal. Sharps pose an extreme health risk; not only can they cause physical injury, but they may spread serious diseases—such as HIV or major infections.
You must dispose of dead pets, including goldfish, properly to avoid disease spreading through the air or soil. Flushing dead goldfish may damage your sewer system, but it also spreads harmful bacteria. Animal waste also encompasses cat litter, dog waste, and other biohazards. Licensed professionals must collect animal waste to ensure the safety of your home and the environment around you.
Common household chemicals, such as detergents, solvents, and paint, pose a threat to the environment and one’s personal health. Dumping chemical waste down drains, flushing it, or throwing it in a dumpster can release harmful pollutants into the air and cause health risks. It also spreads into the soil and groundwater, killing wildlife and acting as a dangerous contaminate. You must dispose of chemicals in proper containers at dumpsite facilities or have licensed professionals pick it up. Always handle chemicals with care.
Computers, household appliances, cell phones, batteries, and other radioactive hazards cannot simply be thrown into a trashcan. While radioactive waste decomposes, a facility has to isolate and confine it properly to avoid the release of dangerous isotopes (such as plutonium) into the atmosphere. Plutonium is man-made and can stay in the environment for thousands of years. You can’t take the disposal of radioactive waste lightly.
If you need help disposing of these or other hazardous waste materials, contact Waste Solutions 123. We have the experience handling hazardous waste and know how to dispose these items easily, safely, and efficiently. Don’t put your home and family at risk be careful with what you throw away, and trust a professional for dangerous disposals.