Waste Disposal

We observe heaps of garbage lying along the roads while passing through a highway. Open dumping is the most common method of waste disposal in India. The trash heaps are usually left open to the environment and the elements. These seldom have a sparse covering which can often attract pests or vermin. Sometimes, these dumps…

Household Chemical Emergencies

Nearly every household uses products containing hazardous materials or chemicals. Knowing how to handle these products can reduce the risk of injury. Hazardous household chemicals may include: Aerosol cans (including hair spray and deodorant)Nail polish and nail polish removerCleaning products and furniture polishesPesticidesAutomotive products (like antifreeze or motor oil)Miscellaneous items (like batteries, mercury thermometers and…

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

EPA considers some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them. Safe Management of HHW To avoid the…

Managing Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?Household hazardous waste is a waste that is generated by you, as a resident and household, while performing household activities and maintenance in and around your home (e.g., cleaning, home improvement, car maintenance). Household hazardous waste DOES NOT include waste that is generated while operating a business at a residence. [Health…

How Can We Solve The Growing E-Waste Problem?

E-waste is not a new problem. It’s been around since the early 2000s. However, recent studies have shown that e-waste is growing faster than ever before. By 2030, it is predicted that humans will produce 74 million tons of electronic garbage annually. Wealthier countries often export the issue, leaving developing ones to deal with the…

The Facts on Food Waste

According to the National Resources Defense Council, America loses up to 40 percent of its food from farm to fork to landfill. This means that Americans are overbuying and underusing food. Food waste comes at a cost. When almost 97 percent of food waste generated in the United States (33 million tons annually) ends up…