Have you ever put something sharp in your garbage, forgotten about it and then pushed down on the trash to get just that extra inch of space you need......and OUCH!! It's likely you won't do that again!
The service people who haul your trash however, do not have the benefit of knowing what has been placed in your waste containers. Hazards such as needles, pool chemicals, flammables or irritant materials are just some of the unknowns that waste collectors face IF hazardous waste is disposed with daily household waste. And, as you might guess, if the service person is injured on the job, medical costs are incurred which ultimately are reflected in increased prices for services. A vicious circle.
And, more commonly known, are the dangers to the environment of poisons improperly disposed which leach into soils and waters. So how can you help? By being knowledgeable of what is hazardous waste and dispose of it properly.
Identifying Hazardous Waste
Prohibited waste not to be included in your household trash:
Muriatic acid and chlorine used in swimming pools
Anything labeled toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, or irritant
Biomedical Infectious Waste, particularly used hypodermic needles