As we hosted our Eighth Annual Earth Day Celebration, many environmental questions were asked by our guests. Questions such as – What can I do to reduce hazardous waste? Or where can I dispose my medications?
Since then, we have researched helpful information and resources about safe use and disposal of household hazardous waste and promote local Roundups. We would like to share with you, which you can utilize at home and at your work place. We can work together to increase environmental awareness and utilize resources in your community to benefit our cities.
Many of the products found in our homes are toxic. They can cause serious human and animal health and environmental problems if used, stored and disposed of improperly. The simple practices listed below can help keep your family, home, neighborhood and environment safe. Here are a few tips on how you can properly dispose hazardous waste, universal waste and electronic waste.
Disposal of Universal waste (U-waste)
As stated on www.888CleanLA.com website, universal waste is hazardous waste containing harmful chemicals, which if placed in the trash may harm people or the environment. It is illegal to throw u-waste in the trash.
• Common Batteries - such as AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries (e.g. hearing aid batteries). These may contain a corrosive chemical that can cause burns. To dispose of this properly, please note the events below.
• Fluorescent Tubes and Other Mercury-containing Lamps – such as fluorescent light tubes and bulbs, high intensity discharge (HID), sodium, and neon bulbs. These lights contain mercury vapor that may be released to the environment when they are broken. If mercury is released into the environment it can contaminate the air we breathe and enter streams, rivers, and the ocean. For proper disposal, you can bring your items to one of the events listed below.
• Mercury-Containing Devices - such as thermostats, switches, and thermometers. Below you will find collection events, which will assist your disposal of these items.
Disposal of Electronic Waste (E-waste)
E-waste is consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. E-waste can include computers, televisions, hard drives, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, and microwave ovens. These devices often contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, copper, and chromium. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has tested many electronic devices to determine whether items are u-waste or not. To dispose of them properly, you can take them to one of the events listed below. If your electronics are no longer usable, you can take them to one of the HHW/E-Waste Roundup in our area.
Disposal of expired/unused medication (Household Hazardous Waste-HHW)
Once it was common practice of flush pharmaceutical medications down the drain or toilet. We now know that these substances are bad for our environment – the ground, water, and air around us. They would pass through the sewer system and eventually enter our streams, lakes, and rivers. According to www.ladwp.org, medicines and synthetic hormones have been detected in trace amounts in water bodies. This could lead to increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics and interference with growth and reproduction in aquatic organisms such as fish and frogs.
Another hazardous waste is leftover paint. It is now made convenient for residents and businesses; you can recycle leftover paint for free at local retail stores. For program details and locations, visit www.PaintCare.Org or call 855-724-6809.
For privacy reasons, remove patient’s name, prescription number and other personal information from the container before disposal. Below you can view the upcoming HHW events: