Through the years, various institutions together with the government have improved how businesses and companies should manage their wastes and refuse.
In Utah, businesses have opted for environmental disposal of hazardous waste without affecting their communities. Several high profile ecological disasters have led to stringent health and safety laws regarding disposal of hazardous waste.
Hazardous wastes are toxic, reactive with other substances, and could be flammable or corrosive. These include battery products, industrial cleaning products, and oil, mercury, arsenic, lead, asbestos and pesticide products. Understanding the safe disposal and consequences of negligent waste management goes a long way to prevent illness and damage to communities and wildlife.
Safe Disposal of Waste
Business owners who produce hazardous wastes either directly or as a by-product of their activities must contain, transport and dispose their waste according to the law. Responsible disposal not only prevents the company from unwanted expenses but it also minimizes your footprint in the environment.
Waste disposal specialists can advise on how to store waste responsibly. There is a variety of waste management program available to every kind of household and business. If an unprecedented toxic spill occurs, waste management companies mostly provide a 24/7 emergency clean-up response team.
Consequences of Toxic Waste Dumping
In the 1970’s the town ofLove Canal in Niagara is a stark example of what happens when hazardous wastes are not taken care of responsibly. The residential area was formerly an old landfill site. The area was a place for waste dumping by a petroleum company. Dangerous wastes began to pile up through the years. Toxic gases seeped up through the floors into people’s homes, causing severe health problems.
Chemicals such as benzene, a component of fuel, chloroform and dioxins were in the area. Drums of waste could were emerging through the ground in backyards. Trees and plants would turn black and die. Residents complained of a foul odor. Lots of them developed asthma. The residents experienced immune system problems and cognitive decline. Women had a high rate of miscarriage and gave birth to babies with congenital disabilities. By August 1978 the local government issued a state of emergency to evacuate around 900 homes.
Two decades later the petroleum company at the center of the dumping was found negligent and was sued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for $129 million.
You don’t need to be negligent about your waste disposal. Improper waste management not only hurts the surrounding communities around your business, but the compensation for negligence becomes another expense of the company.