While most would say it takes too much time and effort to dispose of hazardous material. Rather than properly dispose the hazardous material one would go as far as placing the harmful waste in the garbage can for the sanitation workers to pick up once a week. Most people are not familiar with the proper disposal of hazardous waste. One would think just pouring your expired medicine down the drain and turning on the garbage disposal is one way. In fact, that is the most dangerous way to dispose of expired medicine. Mechanics who work on cars have numerous of hazardous waste, anti freeze, motor oil, transmission oil and the list goes on. As a local public health department employee it is my job and duty to inform the people on proper disposal of hazardous waste and how it could affect the public's health and welfare if improperly disposed of. To enlighten those who do not quite understand the importance of recycling. I wish to work with the community jointly in a way that they too foster a healthy environment and create a framework for them to develop the necessary skills and knowledge when it comes to recycling hazardous waste and the proper way to dispose of it (http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/toxic-waste-overview/). The best way to explain the importance of disposing of hazardous waste is when harmful chemicals like motor oil, paint, paint thinner; these items make it to the landfill once there they may begin to leak. Once the leakage began, now you run the risk of the farm where produce is being grown and sold to the local stores or even in the drinking water. The chemicals can also be airborne along with soil contamination when it rains the chemicals flow downstream (http://www.epa.gov/osw/). Improper practice on disposing of hazardous waste is to discard of the waste by throwing those items in the regular trash, which could harm the sanitation workers. Too many of us are not mindful of the affects caused by improperly disposing of hazardous waste if one…
Solving North America’s Landfill Problem Through Waste to Methanol Conversion
Centre of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology
University of Waterloo
Currently, the predominant method of curbside waste management in the world is landfill. Landfills are unsustainable and environmentally harmful. Every year in America over 330 million tons of garbage makes its way to one of 1,754 landfill sites where capacity concerns, leachate contamination…
The reason to care about biodiversity is: Instrumental value- its existence or use benefits some other entity. Instrumental Value of Biodiversity are
Ecosystem sustainability- protection of water resources, nutrient storage and recycling, contribution to climate stability.
Biological resources- food. Most of our food comes from 3 plants.
Animal husbandry- the science of taking care of domestic animals that are used primarily as food or product sources.
Aquaculture- the farming…
Computer Waste or “e-waste” is rapidly becoming a major problem for our world’s waste stream, due mostly to the toxicity and quantity of these unwanted televisions, computers and computer components. The toxins used in the manufacture of these components include brominated flame retardants, cadmium, lead, lithium, mercury, phosphorous coatings, and PVC plastics that create dioxins when burned. The quantities of the products are staggering and growing each year…
IT 150 02 – Info Tech for Bus
29 Nov. 2011
In today’s technological based society cell phones, computers, iPods, televisions, and cameras are essential in everyday life. Whether you use it for work, play, or convenience there is no escape form technology in today’s day and age. The production of electric and electronic equipment is a fast-growing industry. While having many economic benefits that come along with the sales of all of this new technology…
E Computers and their hardware can contain toxic materials that cannot be disposed of like regular waste. It takes certain procedures and hardware to make sure they are disposed of properly. Which is why we should work to prevent it by either repairing it or upgrading it to extend its usefulness. I believe we should recycle our e-trash instead of just throwing it away.
Electronic products like computers, TVs, DVD players and cell phones have grown in use over the past several years. The increase…
1. E-waste problems: discarded TV. sets, cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices.
2. Hazardous pollutants in e-waste: polyvinylchloride (PVC) brominates flame retardants, lead, and mercury. This can contaminate air, surface water, ground water, and soil. And can cause serious life threatening problems for e-workers.
3. Solid waste- any unwanted or discarded material we produce that is not a liquid or gas.
4. Industrial solid waste- produced by mines, farms, and industries…
by marketing, their peers, or sometimes even on a whim. With that being said, where does all of this “technological waste” go? In addition to constantly upgrading, today’s consumer also takes for granted the process of “disposing” their old technology. Multitudes of companies offer to “recycle” used technology, but what exactly does this process entail? Since automated recycling processes are nearly impossible for specific and unique products, salvageable components must be picked out and processed…
site that is specifically designed and built to receive wastes.
Today, about 56 percent of our country’s trash is disposed of in landfills.
Items such as appliances, books, newspapers, magazines, plastic containers, packaging, food scraps and other west from residential, commercial, and some industrial sources.
Municipal Solid Waste Landfills can accept chemical products such as paint and cleaning products.
The decomposition of organic waste in landfills produces a gas which is composed primarily…
to reduce waste and Cut COS& practices can reduce both
the toxicity of waste and
are simple and cost-effecthe amount of a product or package that is destive pollution prevention measures that can be
tined to become waste. Clearly, such practices can
applied-by virtually any company, of any size, in
minimize the waste that results from overpurchasany type of manufacturing or service business.
ing materials which are then allowed to expire on
Household hazardous waste along with E-waste is not only becoming an enormous problem locally in developed nations but also a major issue on a global scale. “A hazardous waste is a waste that exhibits a hazardous characteristic or is a listed waste. There are four criteria that define a characteristic hazardous waste. They are: 1. Ignitability, 2. Corrosivity, 3. Reactivity, 4. Toxicity.” These materials can be flammable, reactive, or unstable enough to release toxic fumes…