What hazards are in domestic waste?
Your household waste could be holding hidden dangers that you aren’t aware of, or are choosing to ignore. While it’s great that you can recycle most of your domestic waste to reduce the amount of rubbish that’s being sent to landfill, you also need to make sure that you’re not throwing away common household items that could be dangerous. These are products that could include corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients that could harm the environment or even other people if they are disposed of incorrectly. So what hazards are in domestic waste, and what do you do with them?
One of the common items in household hazardous waste that we throw away without thinking is batteries. These come out of every appliance, from the TV remote to the smoke alarm and coming up to Christmas there’s likely to be a lot more used. You should recycle these in specialist containers which you can find at many supermarkets and some high street stores. Better yet, why not purchase recyclable batteries which you can charge and reuse instead of buying new ones?
We’re not talking about clinical waste here but if you have medicines or tablets in your bathroom cabinet that have long since expired, you need to dispose of them safely instead of throwing them away with your general rubbish or flushing them down the toilet. Instead, you should take them to a pharmacy where they can be disposed of safely. In addition, you should try and reduce the amount of medicine you have at home that you don’t need – and only order on prescription what you require.
Your cleaning products contain bleach and other highly toxic and corrosive chemicals, and without proper disposal, these could end up in landfill harming the environment, wildlife and potentially even degrading the water supply in this area. Always check the manufacturer instructions on the product label for advice on how to dispose of the product once you’ve finished using it.
Paints and cleaners
If you’ve been doing a little decorating and you want to clear out those old paint cans that you don’t need anymore, you can’t just throw them in the bin with the rest of your domestic waste, as they contain chemicals which could be toxic. Read these great tips from B&Q on what to do with leftover paint in cans. Remember, dispose of your waste responsibly for a cleaner, greener future.