Every year thousands of tons of hazardous chemicals and solvents are improperly disposed of each year. They are poured down drains, thrown in dumpsters, or simply set outside to eventually break down and leak into the soil. What many people don’t realize is that even the most hazardous chemicals can be recycled, or at least disposed of in a way that doesn’t have a devastating effect on the environment.
What Types of Materials Can Be Recycled?
Recycling companies that deal with eco-friendly disposal and recycling methods will take a wide range of chemicals and solvents, including the following:
- Indoor/outdoor paint
- Motor oil
- Cleaning solvents
- Polyurethane stains
- Brake fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Construction materials
- Roofing tar
Many of these chemicals have a shelf life of less than a year so recycling them when you’re finished with them is always in the best interest of the environment.
How Does The Process Work?
Recycling chemicals and hazardous wastes can take time. Most collection centers already have dates designated for the collection of materials that are considered to be hazardous waste. If you have a large amount and want to schedule a pickup, companies will often quote a price and remove all of the materials at one time. This way you don’t have to wait until the quarterly or semi-annually pickup time.
If You Don’t Know, Ask!
There are some chemicals that claim to be environmentally friendly. Even though the label says they can be disposed of in the trash, it’s a good idea to call your local recycling center to make sure there are no issues that you need to be aware of. Experts are now saying that even household cleaning products should be disposed of through a recycling center due to the solvents and other chemicals they contain. If you ever have any doubts as to whether or not a chemical or any other type of material is environmentally safe, contact your local recycling center and talk to one of their professional staff. They can give you advice on the best way to dispose of any type of material you’re unsure of.
If you have any type of chemicals, solvents, paints, or construction materials and need to have them disposed of properly, call Environmental Marketing Services and get a quote. They can tell you how to package them for pickup to make sure they are properly sealed and ready for disposal. Don’t take chances on being slapped with a fine from the EPA. Call EMS, LLC today!