Industry/ Household Wastes

By Natalie Swerdlow

What are Hazardous Wastes?

Hazardous Wastes are chemicals and chemical byproducts that can endanger human health or pollute the environment.

Industrial waste

About Industrial Wastes

· Industrial wastes are a combination of compounds that are usually hazardous and dangerous.

· It is also a waste that is a result of an accident in an operation of industry, manufacturing, mining, or agriculture.

Household Wastes

About Houeshold Wastes

· EPA reports that 1.6 million tons of household waste are generated every year

· Garages, basements, and storage buildings can hold as much as 100 pounds of the hazardous wastes inside them.

· Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste

Examples

· A paper mill that destroys its chemicals might reduce the amount of toxic left over, or it can recycle and be reused in the process for making paper.

· Includes solvents, paints, cleaners, stains, varnishes, pesticides, motor oil, and car batteries.

· Hazardous Wastes also include being flammable and acidic.

Solutions

· In the 1970’s wastes were either dumped into landfills, burned, stored on-site, or discharged to surface waters.

· A change in operative practices and raw materials have tried to limit hazardous Wastes.

· Another choice is recycling followed by energy recovery.

Pros and Cons

· Pro- Recycling is a way to reuse the hazardous wastes into energy.

· Con- Hazardous Wastes pollute areas

· Pro- Hazardous Wastes can be controlled

· Con- kills animals and disturbs water supply