Whether you are a household, business or factory, it is essential to implement proper liquid waste disposal protocols. Should you fail to incorporate the right procedures, you risk harming the environment, putting your household or team in danger and even facing fines from the state. It is important for every entity to abide by federal, provincial and municipal regulations, by-laws and rules. Indeed, this can be difficult and costly to perform, but it is essential for all.
One of the hardest aspects of correct liquid waste disposal is knowing what can or can’t be disposed of without considering the best courses of action. It’s simple: use HHW. Household hazardous waste contains chemicals that can cause illness or death in people, animals and plants. Everything from aerosol hair spray to paint thinners to nail polish remover, there are plenty of liquid items that can cause harm to multiple parties.
Here are five tips for proper liquid waste disposal:
1. Find a Depot in Your Area
Every province has its own location to drop off your liquid waster and other hazardous materials.
For instance, in Ontario, there is the Orange Drop program, while Quebec maintains as eco-centres maintained by the Municipalities and regional county municipalities (RCMs).
You can certainly find one in your city without having to travel other parts of your province.
2. Utilize Sealable Containers for Waste
As you gather up the waste, it would be prudent to use sealable containers so that you can prevent any release of the contents and avoid having other matter enter the containers.
Not only does this ensure that nothing leaks out and enters the environment, it also makes it easier to drop off at a depot near you.
3. Waste Must be Away from Unauthorized Individuals
Once you generate your liquid waste and transfer it to sealable containers, your team or your home must ensure that it is kept far away from unauthorized or untrained individuals.
Indeed, since this is dangerous and hazardous, you do not want abecedarians getting near these materials. Whether it is avoiding a disaster in the making or refraining from suffering injuries, the only people who should be touching liquid waste disposal are those who have training.
4. Monitor Your Liquid Waste Volumes
Do you want to refrain from accumulating massive amounts of liquid waste? Do you want to avoid the cost of having to transport this waste to a dump? Well, it’s simple: monitor your liquid waste volumes.
By keeping track of how much you accrue, you can limit how much you actually produce. You can measure, list or outline your output on a weekly or daily basis. Before you know it, you’ll have very little liquid waste to throw away in the end.
5. Train Your Staff or Household to Handle Liquid Waste
Lastly, and perhaps one of the most important steps, you should train and educate your staff or household on how to properly handle liquid waste. You do not want neophytes even looking at this liquid waste, either on containment or disposal.
Liquid waste is nothing to snicker at. It is severely hazardous, and when you’re trying to get rid of what you have compiled, you only want the trained and skilled to handle the materials.
The David Suzuki Foundation writes:
“Correct dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) is important to prevent the spread of chemicals in our soil, air and water. When HHW ends up in landfills, it can leech out and contaminate our soil and groundwater.”
Liquid waste contains a wide array of harmful chemicals and ingredients that can impact the environment, municipal systems, individuals and everything else you can think of. You may believe that something as benign as car polishes or windshield washer solution can’t do much damage, just take a look at various plumbing and sewage systems that have suffered over the years. In the end, keep track of what you accumulate and dispose of it correctly and you will be fine.