Do I Generate Hazardous Waste?
Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility. We can all help to protect the environment and human health by reducing the amount of hazardous wastes and hazardous recyclable materials generated, as well as controlling and recovering more of it.
What is hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable materials?
Hazardous wastes and hazardous recyclable materials are defined as those with properties such as flammability, corrosiveness, or toxicity. These wastes and materials can pose a variety of risks, from skin damage on contact to the contamination of ground water, surface water, and soil as a result of leaching into the environment.
Any waste is listed as hazardous waste if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Leachate Toxic
Hazardous wastes and recyclables come from many sources, including everyday products such as:
- Batteries dry cell and wet
- Paints and stains (oil and latex)
- Paint strippers and waxes
- Adhesives and glues
- Chemical Cleaners with regulated substances
- Ballasts/PCP containing materials
- Oil/Oil contaminated materials
- Fluorescent lighting
Examples of Biomedical hazardous waste:
Waste that may be contaminated by hazardous drugs:
- Vials, ampules and tubing used in the administration of hazardous drugs
- Medical sharps used in the preparation or administration of hazardous drugs
- Gloves and gowns that were used in the handling or administration of hazardous drugs
- Incontinence briefs, faeces, blood and other body fluid from patients receiving hazardous drugs including chemotherapy agents
- Wasted drug product and the cloths and materials used to clean up spills
Wastes that may contain infectious agents:
- Soiled dressings from wounds
- Incontinence briefs, faeces, blood and other body fluid from all patients, and any materials contaminated by these
- Used sharps
- Laboratory waste contaminated with infectious agents of human body fluids