As the top Youngstown hazardous waste company, we here at SafeAir Contractors have experience with just about every type of hazardous waste you can imagine. Today, though, we want to share a few things that are important for everyone to know – whether they handle hazardous waste themselves or not.
Youngstown Hazardous Waste: 10 Things You Should Know
1. Hundreds of Millions of Tons of Hazardous Waste Are Thrown Out Annually
As of the end of August, over 254 millions of tons of hazardous waste have been thrown out during 2019. That’s the same weight as around 200 Airbus A380’s. TWO HUNDRED. It’s a shocking statistic, but not as shocking as just how much hazardous waste we produce annually…
2. 400 Million Tons of Hazardous Waste Produced Annually
Incredibly, during the average year, the world produces more than 400,000,000 tons of hazardous waste. Let’s put that into perspective, shall we? The average year has 31,536,000 seconds, so that means that every second our planet is producing just under 13 tons of hazardous waste AND more than half of that waste is being disposed of improperly.
3. What a Difference a Generation Makes
The problem of hazardous waste is only getting worse as we increase the number of manmade chemicals and materials that we use. From the last generation to the current generation the amount of hazardous waste produced has increased by 40,000%. Yes, you read that correctly, 400,000%! That’s a jump from 1 million tons to 4 million tons!
4. The Oceans Are Becoming a Dumping Ground
When it comes to the incredible amount of overall waste that is produced around the world, over 1,351,000,000 tons of that waste has been dumped in the world’s oceans. And – you guessed it – a large portion of that waste is hazardous waste that is being illegally dumped. Why should you care? Because even when hazardous waste isn’t being dumped in your local landfill illegally, it can still have an incredible impact on your life. For example, hazardous waste that is disposed of in the ocean doesn’t just kill and mutate wildlife, but it also contaminates the food chain which we will eventually consume ourselves. How do you feel about a side of hazardous waste with that fish fillet sandwich?
5. We Are Not Recycling or Reusing Enough Materials
Like all waste, there are some types of hazardous waste materials that can be reused and recycled. Reuse and recycling is a great way to reduce our overall waste and reduce the amount of waste that is contaminating our environment. Amazingly, though, only around 1/3 of the hundreds of millions of tons of trash we produce annually is being put to reuse.
6. Hazardous Waste Removal Companies Can Help to Reduce the Impact Of Our Waste Disposal
Hazardous waste disposal companies come into the picture and the don’t just dispose of hazardous materials properly, but they also know when items can be reused. By using a hazardous waste removal company, you can not only reduce the impact of the hazardous waste you produce on the environment, but you can also lessen the impact that others have on the environment by reducing their hazardous waste production too.
7. Hazardous Waste Can Be Reused For Energy
Most people don’t know that hazardous waste can also be reused for energy and hazardous waste companies are familiar with the programs that recycle hazardous waste for this purpose. If you have hazardous waste that needs properly disposing of, know that you could be reducing your impact on the environment by having that waste properly managed.
8. You Can Reduce Your Hazardous Waste Production Through Other Programs Too
As a hazardous waste management company, we prioritize the health of the environment over all else. This means that we want you to do whatever you can to recycle, reuse, and dispose of hazardous waste properly. That’s why we want you to know about other hazardous waste disposal options too. Some of these options include:
- Electronics disposal drop-offs where you can drop off laptops, batteries, and cell phones.
- Car battery and car tire recycling programs through auto shops.
- Cooking grease collection programs.
Do You Need Assistance With Youngstown Hazardous Waste?
If you live in Youngstown and need help dealing with hazardous waste, we can help. Our team of professionals here at SafeAir Contractors have been providing environmental remediation services in the area for close to thirty years and would be happy to help you! Just give us a call today at 440-639-1191 to see how we can help you.