It is vital that the disposal of chemical waste is appropriately handled by professionals as it can have a serious impact on the environment & all living organisms including humans.
WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE?
Hazardous waste have properties that make them dangerous or potentially harmful to human health, living organisms & environment and they cannot be placed in your garbage bin.
While in their simplest forms they are liquids, solids, gases, or a sludge, we also think of hazardous waste in terms of its originating waste stream: liquid waste, clinical/medical waste and e-waste.
Chemicals may include:
Paint & paint related products
Pesticides & herbicides
Solvents & household cleaners
Motor oils, fuels and fluids
Gas bottles & fire extinguishers
Acids and alkalis
Other Chemicals and Hazardous Waste
Asbestos: Asbestos is classified as a hazardous material which is disposed of at certain locations within Australia.
Medicines: Medicines that are lurking around the home can be hazardous and dangerous if taken after the expiry date, not prescribed to you or within reach of children.
Farm Chemicals: Agriculture chemicals may be purchased in various concentrations and forms such as: liquids, powders, granules and pellets. Many of the potent chemicals may require the farmer to have completed a chemical training course to be able to purchase and use.
Common types of chemicals used in agriculture include:
• aluminium or zinc phosphide – fumigant
• methyl bromide
• sodium fluoroacetate – '1080' baits
• paraquat, diquat
• alkaline and acid cleaning agents
• nutritional supplements – selenium and copper
• livestock vaccines and drenches
Common chemical and hazardous wastes found around YOUR home include:
Batteries (car and household batteries)
Oils ( motor and cooking)
Fluoro lights and smoke detectors
Solvents and household cleaners
Floor care products
Herbicides and Pesticides (other garden related chemicals)
Acids and alkalis
Petrol and kerosene
Pharmaceuticals (all medicines)
Obsolete computer equipment
Thermometers, barometers, thermostats
To handle hazardous waste at home safely you should:
• Keep the goods in their original containers if possible. If containers are leaking, use new containers but never use food containers like soft drink bottles.
• Don’t mix chemicals when decanting a substance into a new storage container.
• Make sure all labels, including warning labels and manufacturer’s instructions, remain intact on the packaging.
• Store goods upright with lids secured tightly and out of the reach of young children.
• Keep all ignition sources, such as matches, well away from the storage area.
• Keep the storage area cool and dry.
• Buy the smallest amount for your needs.