Proper disposal of liquid waste is imperative to maintain the health and safety of a community. Liquids that are not disposed of properly can end up sitting in landfills, entering our waterways and destroying wildlife. Yet despite these consequences, many remain unaware of the correct protocol to follow. That’s why we’ve outlined below the best liquid waste disposal methods.
1. Avoid Landfills
Hazardous waste that ends up in landfills could have serious consequences on the environment and health of workers having to dispose of it. There are many common household and daily products that are considered ‘hazardous waste’ and should be disposed of accordingly. Some of these common items include bleach, stain removers, nail polish remover and hair coloring. These substances can be toxic, especially if the fumes are inhaled.
If the substance ends up leaking out of the container it could end up in our soil and groundwater. Therefore, if you would not feel comfortable handling the liquid without protective gear it will most likely need to be disposed of in another manner. The majority of towns have collection programs that will accept these items to dispose of properly, and you should inquire about their protocol for retrieving the items.
2. Research Your Product
If you are not sure how to dispose of a product, you should do your research. Take ownership for the items in your home and the environment around you. Although it is an extra step in the disposal process, claiming ignorance cannot be an option. Oftentimes, a simple internet search will give you the answer you’re looking for. That way, you can rest assured you are not participating in environmental destruction.
3. Avoid the Drain
Liquid waste that cannot mix with water should never be poured down the drain. These types of liquids include fabric softeners, stain removers or all-purpose cleaners. However, many kinds of cleaning products that are water soluble can be disposed of down the drain. These include toilet cleaners, detergents and glass cleaners. This can quickly become confusing given the large number of products available on the market.
To avoid improper disposal, it is best to contact your local waste management centre who can advise you further. Not doing this can put our environment in harm as it will likely enter our waterways. Further, certain liquids can corrode your pluming and cause damage to your home.
4. Let it Cool
Liquid oil, fat and grease are common substances that end up clogging drains and waterways due to improper disposal. These cooking fats should never be poured down the drain as it can cool and solidify. This means, your pipes will become clogged with the fat and damage your home.
To properly dispose of these liquids, you should allow for the substance to harden by cooling. To do this, you can pour the grease into a cup, and refrigerate until hard or allow it to cool at room temperature. Either way, only when it becomes a solid can you put it into the compost.
5. Give It Away
If you have gently used cleaning products or household items that you no longer want, consider giving them away. Many charities, churches and people will gladly accept the items rather than seeing it go to a landfill. Contact some local groups to discuss the possibility of donating these gently used products.
6. Do not Dump It
The environmental damage caused by hazardous liquid in our environment is devastating. Regardless of the product, you should consult with your local waste management centre prior to dumping the item in the ground as a way of disposal.