Improper disposal of these materials can lead to unexpected releases of toxins that are hazardous to humans and harmful to the environment.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL?
A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical) that has the ability to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment. This could be as a result of the material by itself or interaction with other materials.
HOW TO IDENTIFY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN WICHITA, KANSAS?
Hazardous materials are regulated and defined by multiple government agencies. Hazardous materials are broken down into “hazard categories” based on the severity of the effect and the type of data available to indicate each effect. Hazardous materials have a signal word such as “danger” or “warning” present to make others aware of the danger. A hazard statement is also present and describes the degree of the hazard in a direct manner. A pictogram including symbols or other graphic elements conveys specific information about the hazards contained in the material. Then, there is a precautionary statement that describes recommended measures to be taken if exposure were to occur.
EXAMPLES OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COMMONLY FOUND IN HOMES IN WICHITA, KANSAS
- Drain cleaners
- Electronic wastes (TVs, computer monitors, cell phones, etc.)
- Glue and adhesives
- Household cleaners
- Oven cleaners
- Pool cleaners
- Used oil
- Waste containing asbestos
- Wastes containing mercury (thermometers, fluorescent lights, etc)
WHAT IS ENCAPSULATION AND SHOULD IT BE DONE?
Encapsulation is the process of coating waste with inert materials. The coating materials are chemically stable, adhere to the waste, and resist biodegradation. High-density polyethylene and polybutadiene are most often used to perform this process of encapsulation in Wichita, Kansas. There are factors to consider with encapsulation which will directly affect the effectiveness of the encapsulation. The type of contaminate must be considered, gas vapor release potential, climate conditions, long-term physical stability, and more. Encapsulation has proven to be an effective option for hazardous and toxic waste and is mainly done by trained or licensed professionals. But there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before, during, and after the process to ensure its effectiveness. These same considerations should be taken into account for issues with mold. While there are products such as encapsulation paint, it is best to consult with a professional to discuss the best way to deal with and remove the hazard of mold in the home.
WHERE CAN I DISPOSE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS?
- Research Household Hazard Waste on epa.gov to find out the safe and correct way to dispose of hazardous materials. Never pour household hazardous waste down the drain, on the ground, or into storm sewers.
- Locate a Household Hazardous Waste Facility near you. These facilities dispose of specific hazardous waste. Always call or check the website for a list of hazardous waste they accept.
- Seek out help from a professional in regards to disposal or removal of specific hazardous materials.
WHY PROPER DISPOSAL IS SO IMPORTANT
Improper disposal of these materials can lead to unexpected releases of toxins that are hazardous to humans and harmful to the environment. Hazardous waste can end up in the ground, in streams, or even in the air. Some toxins, such as mercury and lead, persist in the environment for many years. Thus it is very important that hazardous materials in Wichita, Kansas, be disposed of properly to lessen the harmful effects to people, animals and the environment. For circumstances with mold, it is important to pursue a course of action that will keep the mold from spreading.
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