Dispose of Chemicals Safely

Dispose of Chemicals Safely

Over the years, I have done a very good job of removing chemicals from my garden shed. However, despite all my efforts, they continue to appear. I collected pesticide containers from my past gardening, inherited my dad’s collection when they moved from house to apartment (so I could get rid of them properly), and even discovered the stock after I moved into our current house.

It’s scary to think how many people like me are out there… or even worse (at least in this regard). I have worked very hard to properly remove chemicals that I will never use again. But it’s awesome how quickly they add up. Together, I can only imagine how many containers are in halls, garages and basements all over the world!

In our very busy and timeless lives, it would be easy to pour excess liquid outside or down the drain. But we know better, don’t we? Pesticides released onto the streets end up directly in storm drains that feed streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. When pesticides enter rivers, they can harm fish, plants and other living creatures.

Similarly, they should never be poured into a sink, bathtub, toilet, or into a sewer or sewer outside. Pesticides can disrupt wastewater treatment systems, and many municipal systems are not even equipped to remove all pesticide residues.

So, what can we do to properly and safely remove chemicals? According to the Environmental Protection Agency and other sources, it is assumed that the best way to remove a small amount of excess pesticides is to use them, apply them (according to the instructions on the label) or give them to a neighbor so that he can use them to solve a similar pest control problem. While this is certainly a good way to consume the product, I find it difficult to use more chemical pesticides in your landscape just to use it.

Most municipalities have a waste management department that can advise you on how to remove excess chemicals, except for their use. Some even have a program to collect harmful household waste. Once or twice a year, many cities or counties offer you a place to export such chemicals where they can be disposed of properly and appropriately.

For more information about these programs, contact your local government agency. You can find the corresponding service in the section Solid waste, public works, garbage, waste or garbage collection. In the United States, there is a phone number that you can call to find out information and places for recycling and disposal of harmful household waste. The number 1-800 is CLEANING. Automatic registration will guide you through the whole process and the number will be available 24/7.

Of course, you can (and should) always read the product label to get information about recycling. However, keep in mind that state and/or local laws may be more stringent than the federal requirements listed on the label. You should consult with the local authorities before disposing of it, based only on the information indicated on the product label.

According to the EPA, empty containers can be disposed of along with other solid waste after proper flushing. It is recommended to rinse three times before removal. First, fill the container with ¼ of water, close the lid tightly and shake vigorously. Rinse water should be applied to the area requiring treatment. Never pour the contents into the sink. Repeat the process two more times. Do not flush pesticide containers in the sink three times.

Some municipalities do not even allow the disposal of empty pesticide containers containing solid waste. Instead, they are treated as harmful household waste and treated accordingly, as mentioned above.

There is a saying that we use in my house to reduce clutter;”If in doubt, throw it away.” While this is true for most of the waste we collect, this is not the matter for pesticides. at least in the same direction. Now you know that pesticide elimination should never be considered without taking proper precautions. Our health and the environment depend on it.

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