Is it too late?

Created by Mikayla Miller

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Hazardous waste is becoming a bigger problem in the world. hazardous waste causes not only problems to the environment but also to humans and animals.We need to change this problem now, before its too late.

Information you need to know about Hazardous Waste:

Who?

Many people are to blame for this, especially business's like auto shops, gas stations, fisherman and many others. (EPA, 2011)

What?

Hazardous waste is being carelessly dumped all over the world. People need to relize what they're doing before it's too late.

Where

This problem is occurring all over the world. The largest dump in the United States is in Emelle Alabama. The largest dump in the world is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located in the Pacific Ocean. (umich.edu, 2010)

When?

The problem of hazardous waste started 2500 years ago. (Garside/Tilmont, 2012)

How big is the Problem?

Every year the problem is getting bigger, as 85% of our garbage is going into landfills. In the U.S. alone, we've got over 3000 landfills. (Warrensburg.k12.mo.us 2010, EPA 2011)

Why?

I believe this problem is occuring because people are so un-aware of how what they're throwing away affects us. Another reason why is people are simply careless about where they dump hazardous waste. (EPA, 2011)

Global Soultuoins:

-Reuse more things

-Reduce waste and pollution

-Recylce compost

-Chemically or biologically treat waste

(EPA, 2011)

Individual Solutions:

-Dispose of waste properly

-Buy more eco-friendly products

(EPA, 2011)

Annenberg Foundation

Feel free to call the Annenberg Foundation, located in Washington DC to call about any questions or concerns you have.

Did you know?

  • There are four main categories of hazardous waste?
  • Or that there are more than 70,000 chemicals used around the world that are considered hazardous waste?

Some more facts...

  • When hazardous substances are thrown away, then they become a hazardous waste.
  • The first city dump was in Athens, Greece.
  • Edwin Chadwick was the first person to take waste management seriously.
  • Garbage piles are breeding grounds for rats.
  • Recycling is not only good for the environment, it also saves money.

Works Cited


"Garbage -- Hazardous Waste." Garbage -- Hazardous Waste. Web. 16 Jan. 2013. <http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/hazardous.html>.

"Hazardous Substances and Hazardous Waste." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 18 Jan. 2013. <http://www.epa.gov/superfund/students/clas_act/haz-ed/ff_01.htm>.

"Municipal Solid Waste." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 16 Jan. 2013. <http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/index.htm>.

Tilmont, Amy, Jeff Garside, and Mark Stewart. Trash Talk: What You Throw Away. North Mankato, MN: Norwood House, 2012. Print.

"Trash in Our World." Trash in Our World. Web. 18 Jan. 2013.