When it comes to household rubbish removal, hazardous waste should be at the top your list of things to get rid of. However, removing hazardous household waste can be tricky and dangerous. Therefore, a certain degree of caution must be used when the time comes.
Removing hazardous household waste can be tricky, not only because they can be harmful to you or your family, but also because they are likely to be harmful to the environment.
When we talk about hazardous household waste, we mean things like pool chemicals, oven cleaners, fluorescent globes and lamps, acids, batteries, herbicides, pesticides, mineral turpentine, asbestos, kerosene, paint, and motor oil.
These items cannot be thrown out in your weekly garbage collection, and need to be disposed of responsibly. If you have any hazardous waste to throw out, give us a call today! We’d be happy to help.
Dumping of car batteries, either in landfill or your weekly rubbish rubbish removal service, is illegal, and for good reason. Batteries contain a whole bunch of nasty chemical and metals, including mercury, alkaline, cadmium, nickel and lead acid. All of these are terribly harmful to the environment if they make their way into soil or water supplies. You don’t want them lying around your home either!
Old motor oil can be collected and re-used for things such as boiler fuel and lubricating oil. It is illegal to dump as it is extremely harmful to the environment if it finds its way into soil or water ways. A single gallon of motor oil into fresh water is enough to poison up to 1 million gallons of our drinking water supply. This is why it need to be recycled!
Chemicals and Acids
This includes anything from pool chlorine, kerosine, heavy-duty household cleans, petrol, solvents, pesticides, herbicides and poisons. They cannot be thrown out in your weekly garbage collection and must be disposed of responsibly. Dumping, or pouring down drains or into gutters is illegal and heavy fines apply.
If you have any old gas bottles lying around that will not be used, it is best you get rid of them to reduce the risk of an accident. The same goes for old fire extinguishers. Some gas bottles are suitable for reuse through refilling. If not possible, gas bottles are degassed and de-valved, then they are recycled.
Some kinds of common lamps contain metals that are harmful to the environment and potentially dangerous to households. These include fluorescent, metal halide, mercury vapour and high-pressure sodium lamps.
This it just a cursory glance at hazardous household waste – anything that may pose a risk to a household or the environment if not disposed of properly counts as hazardous waste.
If you have any hazardous household waste that needs removal, use Sydney Rubbish Services. Utilising our 10 years of experience in the industry with our dedicated, capable team to cater to your needs, we can tackle a job of any size and, of course, in an eco-conscious manner. Contact us today or book a free quote online!