Hazardous wastes are biologics, metals, and other substances that pose a significant risk to human health and the environment. Hazardous waste must be handled, secured, and disposed of differently. Not doing so incurs hefty fines.
Basically, hazardous waste is any dangerous waste that is toxic, flammable, corrosive, or that has a synergistic reaction with other chemicals. Reactive substances may explode when they come into contact with other compounds. Toxic substances may endanger human or animal life. Flammable items are a fire risk, and corrosives can eat into metals and also into skin.
Examples of Hazardous Waste
There are different kinds of hazardous waste. Some of these are solvents in industrial cleaning products, petroleum industry by-products, sewage water, nuclear radiation, and mercury in medicinal products and pesticides. Putting these items down the drain pollutes rivers, threatens wildlife, and contaminates water supplies. Meanwhile, simply putting them in garbage cans puts refuse workers at risk, and it also contaminates the soil and makes landfill sites toxic.
Hazardous Waste Regulations
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act 1976 requires that all businesses that produce hazardous wastes must handle and dispose of them in the correct manner. The act also requires that the business track the hazardous waste until its disposal.
In Utah, there are hazardous waste disposal specialists who are permitted to contain, store, transport, and safely dispose of harmful substances. A mercury spill that is larger than one thermometer, for example, should not be cleared without the help of a professional remediation team. In the case of accidental spills, they also provide a fast, emergency service to clean up the area and restore it. Through this, everyone’s health and safety are covered.
It is also worth remembering that large fines are possible if toxic waste is not stored or processed properly. Knowing how to discard hazardous materials safely without causing harm may be a minefield, but there are waste disposal companies that can help any business owner.