Hazardous waste is waste that can cause environmental or health problems if not disposed of properly. In this guide, we’ll go over the different types of hazardous waste and how to manage them safely.
Identify the different types of hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste is a broad category, and can include anything from medicines to leftover paint. Common examples include:
- Paint thinners and solvents
- Used motor oil (from cars, trucks, lawn mowers)
- Antifreeze/coolant from car radiators or air conditioners
If you’re not sure if something is considered hazardous waste or not, check out the EPA website for more information on how to identify various types of hazardous materials. Once you’ve identified what type(s) of hazardous material needs disposal, follow these steps:
- If possible try to reuse or recycle them first–this helps prevent their release into landfills where they could contaminate groundwater supplies or harm wildlife who come into contact with them while scavenging through trash bins looking for food scraps left behind by humans who threw away perfectly good food instead of composting it! If there aren’t any other options available then proceed directly onto step 2 below…
Manage and dispose of hazardous waste safely.
- Keep hazardous waste in a separate container.
- Keep hazardous waste in a secure area, such as a locked cabinet or room, and out of the reach of children and pets.
- Never put hazardous materials down the toilet or drain, even if it says “flushable.” The chemicals in many products will not break down quickly enough to
The world of recycling is changing. While you may not have heard of some of these innovations, they’re changing the way we think about plastic and how we can save it from the landfill.
- Plastic bags are made from recycled plastic.
- Plastic bags are used for a variety of purposes, including lining trash cans and carrying things around in your purse.
- Plastic bags are made from a variety of different types of plastic, including PET, HDPE and LDPE to name just a few!
- Recycled bottles and jars are often used as the raw materials for making new plastic bags!
Recycled plastic shoes
Recycled plastic shoes are a great way to add a little style to your wardrobe while helping the environment. These shoes are made from post-consumer plastics, including polypropylene and polyethylene; they’re durable, comfortable and stylish. The recycled plastic used in these shoes makes them waterproof as well!
Recycled plastic lumber
Recycled plastic lumber is a great alternative to wood. Why? It’s more durable than wood, it’s renewable, and it’s even stronger than wood!
Plastic lumber has a lot of advantages over traditional building materials: it’s resistant to decay, so you don’t have to worry about termites eating away at your house; it doesn’t need any special treatment before use; and since it comes from recycled plastic bottles (which are made from oil), the material itself is more sustainable than natural resources like trees.
Repurposed plastic bottles and jars
- Bottles and jars are a great source of
In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with paper. Whether it’s a receipt after a trip to the grocery store or a piece of junk mail in our mailbox, paper is pervasive. And while this may be convenient for many people, it can also have negative effects on the environment. Because so much of our waste gets recycled into new products, reducing the amount of paper you use can help cut down on pollution and save trees. So how do you reduce your own consumption? Read on!
Reduce paper use
The first step to reducing the amount of paper you use is to make a plan. A good place to start is by making a list of all the tasks that require printed materials, and then identifying ways that you could reduce or eliminate printing for each one. For example:
- Could you send an email instead of printing out an agenda?
- Could you use online tools like Google Docs instead of printing out meeting notes and distributing them in hard copy?
- Can someone else take on responsibility for generating these documents (for example, getting sign-off from others before sending them out)? If so, ask if they would be willing to do so electronically rather than printing them out themselves.
Buy recycled products
Reclaiming paper is a practice that dates back to the 19th century. It involves collecting used paper and turning it into new products, such as tissue, toilet paper and food packaging.
Today, many companies offer recycled products but …
Waste Management is the largest provider of waste management services in the United States. The company has a long history of helping communities and businesses manage their waste more efficiently, including recycling and converting waste into energy. Waste Management provides services to over 21 million residential customers, 3 million commercial customers and 5,200 municipal governments through 60 local operating companies in North America. The company also owns or leases 159 renewable energy facilities that produce enough power for over 500,000 homes annually.
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Waste Management is a leading provider of integrated environmental solutions in North America. The company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, disposal and energy production services.
Waste Management’s stock symbol is WM.
The Diplomat is a global waste management services provider that operates in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company offers a range of products and services including collection, disposal and recycling services for municipal solid waste (MSW), industrial waste and hazardous materials as well as energy solutions such as landfill gas recovery systems.
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Plastic bags are one of the most common household items, but they can also be one of the most wasteful. Since so many people use plastic bags for a variety of reasons, we tend to accumulate quite a collection over time. Instead of throwing them away every time you go shopping or packing your suitcase for vacation, there are plenty of other uses for plastic bags that will keep them from ending up in landfills (and oceans!).
Use them as garbage bags.
If you have a dog, then you know how important it is to pick up after them. If you’re like me, though, sometimes it can be hard to find a place where I can dispose of the waste without having to walk too far away from my house or car. That’s where plastic grocery bags come in!
Use your plastic grocery bag as a garbage bag for picking up after your pet’s messes–it works equally well on their poop as it does on their litter box contents (if they have one).
You can also use them as garbage bags for other things around the house: when cleaning up after children who aren’t old enough yet for toilet training; when throwing away food scraps from meals cooked at home; etcetera ad infinitum ad nauseum…
Make a basket out of it.
- Cut the bag into strips.
- Tie the strips together, using a hot glue gun to seal the base of your basket.
- Use it to store items in your kitchen