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Environmental Challenges Due To Improper Waste Disposal

Improper waste disposal wreaks havoc on our planet as well as future generations of human beings. Though it might seem efficient to dispose of undesired items and substances in dumpsters, garbage cans, drains, landfills or hidden spaces, doing so often compromises the integrity of the environment. The failure to dispose of waste in the proper manner will inevitably hurt our pocketbooks as well. Taxes will rise across posterity as taxpayers are forced to rectify sites that have been compromised by the failure to properly maintain the land and water around us.

An estimated 15 percent of all items disposed in a given year are hazardous. Take a close look at Environmental-Challenges-Due-To-Improper-Waste-Disposal-Junk-King-Sonoma-CAour environment and you’ll notice that our rivers, lakes, oceans and numerous other sites have already been poisoned. Thousands of aquatic animals wash up on the shore each year due to the public’s general failure to eliminate waste in an environmentally conscious manner. Plenty of marine and amphibious creatures display signs of mutation for the same reason. This has to stop. Let’s take a look at exactly how improper waste disposal threatens our surroundings.

The Contamination of Surface Water

When waste reaches water bodies, it alters the water’s chemical composition. Such harm is typically referred to as water pollution. This contamination negatively impacts all of the ecosystems within the water. Even animals that rely on the water for drinking water will suffer health consequences from consuming polluted water. Furthermore, consider the predicament that contaminated water poses for humanity. Water is the “new oil” because of its scarcity. The bottom line is that human life can’t survive on planet Earth unless there is an abundance of clean water.

Leachate

Water that moves through contaminated spaces creates a liquid referred to as Leachate. It creates a toxic mix of nasty chemicals that often results in harmful substances reaching the groundwater, surface water and/or soil.

The Contamination of Soil

Improper waste disposal often leads to a leaking of hazardous chemicals into the soil. Such contamination stunts plant growth and even kills some plants as they pull up poisoned soil directly through their roots. This has a domino affect when human beings and animals consume the compromised plants. In a nutshell, the haphazard disposal of waste has the potential to threaten our food supply.

Air Pollution

Poor waste management practices create pollution in the land as well as the surrounding air. Those who breathe in polluted air suffer negative health effects as the contaminants sucked into the lungs quickly spread to other body sites.

Mind Your Disposal of Household Products

Household cleaners, lawn care products, medicines, paint, automobile fluids and beauty products all have the potential to harm the environment. The manner in which you disposes of these items is critically important. Do not throw them in the trash as their presence threatens the well-being of those who remove your junk and garbage. It is critically important that we all make an effort to prevent hazardous waste from reaching landfills. As noted above, hazardous waste that is improperly disposed has the potential to reach the groundwater that we all rely upon for drinking and bathing.

Do not make the mistake of flushing hazardous liquids down the toilet, drain or sink. Such hazardous fluids will move through your local sewage system and end up in treatment plants that are incapable of handling such waste. You might be tempted to dump such fluids into storm drains or in remote areas. This is also a grave mistake as the harmful liquids will inevitably reach local waterways and eventually travel to lakes, beaches and even the Pacific Ocean.

Contact the professionals at Junk King.  We are able to help you dispose of your waste in an environmentally friendly way.

Household Waste – The Proper Way To Dispose

Household waste management can be a tiresome task and when it comes to cleaning out the Household-Waste-The-Proper-Way-To-Dispose-Junk-King-sonomahouse, garage, shed or other area, most people procrastinate. Part of the problem is that the average person is not exactly sure how to dispose of household waste, large items and other sundries that don’t belong in regular trash cans. If you share these concerns, understand that you are not alone. Hardly anyone knows exactly how to properly dispose of paint, batteries, electronics, chemicals and other items. The disposal of household waste is a major issue that should receive much more publicity than it currently does. We hope this article helps in our shared quest to preserve the integrity of the planet we all call home.

How to Distinguish Between Hazardous Waste and Non-Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste is distinguished from regular household waste due to its inherent danger. Putting these harmful items in regular trash cans only to have them be hauled off to the landfill is akin to the direct poisoning of Mother Earth and all of its inhabitants, human beings and animals alike. The problem lies in the fact that the average person is not exactly sure as to what constitutes hazardous waste and what constitutes non-hazardous household waste.

Examples of hazardous waste are latex paints, motor oil, drain cleaner, herbicides, antifreeze, fuel, automotive care items, batteries, fluorescent lamps, chemicals used for cleaning or other purposes and sprays used to eliminate rodents or insects. These items are inherently dangerous to all forms of life as they are either corrosive, ignitable or extremely toxic.

How to Eliminate Household Waste in a Safe and Legal Manner

Junk King will pick up just about anything except for hazardous items like those listed above. If you have undesired hazardous waste items like laptop batteries, fluorescent lamps or old cell phones, contact the business that sold them to you. Ask if they will accept those items back for recycling or a safe method of disposal that does not harm our sensitive environment. Your city might have an environmental organization that collects such hazardous items for drop-off at recycling stations. Take care to avoid mixing such items with others to prevent contamination and the creation of a toxic stew that threatens us all.

General Disposal Guidance

When in doubt, take a look at each item’s label for disposal instructions. Some won’t have any type of guidance printed on the label while others will explain exactly how the item should be discarded. These labels will also provide warnings regarding the handling of items that contain toxic materials so that you don’t mistakenly harm yourself.

You can also consult with one of Junk King’s waste removal experts for additional assistance. We want to stress that the disposal of your household waste is our top priority. Junk King takes 99% of cast-offs. The remaining few hazardous items pose a threat to our crew’s safety and health. Furthermore, it is illegal for our squad to remove these items from your property. This is precisely why Junk King and every other junk hauler will not remove potentially harmful items such as asbestos-laden ceiling tiles.

Junk King is Ready to Haul Your Debris and Undesired Items

If you have any doubt as to whether your household waste is hazardous, don’t make the mistake of assuming that is safe enough to throw in the trash, compost or dumpster. Play it safe by following the household waste removal tips outlined above. If you can’t find an answer in a timely manner, put the item in question aside until our junk removal team arrives. Reach out to us today to schedule a pickup date and time.