How to Properly Dispose of Hazardous Waste | Aftermath
Hazardous waste doesn’t belong in the weekly trash.
With legal regulations from the federal to local levels, knowing the basics of hazardous waste disposal will not only help you avoid fines but also is critical to preventing any harm to your health and to the environment.
While we know materials like paint and batteries should be disposed of separately from regular trash, more threatening forms of biological waste, especially from death or other trauma, require professional help to remove.
What is Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste contains chemicals, heavy metals, dangerous pathogens or other toxic materials. They can be released from regular activity in places such as factories, hospitals, and laboratories, or as a result of a trauma or crime scene.
Biohazardous waste, such as human body fluids, blood or animal waste, is especially threatening to our health. It should be cleaned up by a professional service that can comply with safety and health standards.
Rules on Hazardous Waste Disposal
Failing to properly dispose of hazardous materials can leave you with a hefty fine.
The EPA is the main oversight on hazardous waste disposal, but state and local governments can also have specific regulations around it. If you’re in a situation that requires professional waste disposal, the company should be fully licensed, equipped, and trained to meet these standards.
Waste Disposal Options
Options and regulations for hazardous waste disposal depend on your city or town, and there are different facilities equipped for taking certain kinds of hazmat.
Some cities have collection days specifically for common forms of hazardous waste, but for biohazardous waste, it’s important to use a service legally able to package it and transport it to the right facility.
Typically, the waste will be disposed through incineration. Other options for disposal include chemical disinfection, autoclaving (steam sterilization), and irradiation.
If someone dies in your home or property, it’s critical to seek out professional help from a cleanup company that is licensed in hazardous waste removal. If you don’t properly remove it, it can cause severe health risks and even be death-threatening. Blood and bodily fluids, however small, can present health risks, so use professional cleanup services to thoroughly disinfect your home or business. The health safety of your family or business comes first.
Aftermath Services offers professional crime and trauma cleanup, which includes the appropriate packaging, transport, and disposal of hazardous waste. With rapid emergency response, Aftermath technicians are available 24/7 to quickly return your home to a safe and livable condition.