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Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Vs. E-Waste. What’s the Difference?

Recycle TrashHazardous waste is part of electronic waste. Rarely can hazardous waste be donated. Keep this in mind when donating: oils, paint, broken computer screens, cracked TV’s, fluorescent tubes, etc. these items cannot be donated. Gift My PC works with eWaste Disposal Inc. is a certified and insured hazardous waste recycling center that takes ewaste and hazardous materials, recycles and disposes them properly for the consumer.

Types of Hazardous Waste Disposal & Transportation

  • Hazardous and Industrial Waste Transportation and Recycling
  • Lab Packing and Site Clean-up
  • Medical Waste Disposal
  • Environmental Health and Safety Training
  • Waste Oil, Anti-freeze and Oil filter Disposal
  • AQMD, Storm Water and Other Regulatory Agency Reports
  • Storage and Waste Management Supplies (drums, totes, roll-offs, absorbent, etc.)
  • Cleaning & Blasting Systems
  • Asbestos, Lead, remediation

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Defining Hazardous

Hazardous-wasteWaste Hazardous waste presents immediate or long-term risks to humans, animals, plants, or the environment. It requires special handling for detoxification or safe disposal. In the U.S., hazardous waste is legally defined as any discarded solid or liquid that:

contains one or more of 39 carcinogenic, mutagenic, or teratogenic compounds at levels that exceed established limits (including many solvents, pesticides, and paint strippers); catches fire easily (such as gasoline, paints, and solvents); is reactive or unstable enough to explode or release toxic fumes (including acids, bases, ammonia, and chlorine bleach); or is capable of corroding metal containers such as tanks, drums, and barrels (such as industrial cleaning agents and oven or drain cleaners).

The EPA has a list of more than 500 specific types of hazardous waste.

Who’s Responsible?

Businesses such as metal finishers, gas stations, auto repair shops, dry cleaners, and photo developers produce many hazardous waste products. These by-products include sulfuric acid, heavy metals found in batteries, and silver-bearing waste, which comes from photo finishers, printers, hospitals, schools, dentists, doctors, and veterinarians. Heavy metals, solvents, and contaminated wastewater result from paint manufacturing. Photo processing also creates organic chemicals, chromium compounds, phosphates, and ammonium compounds. Even cyanide can be a by-product, resulting from electroplating and other surface-treatment processes.

If you think businesses are the only source of hazardous waste, you may be surprised. There is hazardous household waste as well. For example, do you use any of the following items?:

• automotive products, such as gasoline, antifreeze, and batteries
• oil-based paints and thinners
• pool chemicals
• pesticides, herbicides, and other garden products
• household cleaning products

There are non-toxic alternatives to many of these products that, when disposed of, do not constitute hazardous waste. Check with a local “green consumer” organization or find out more in the related resources section of this exhibit. [Find Out about Possible Solutions]
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