Proper Way To Dispose of Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Waste

Trust the experts at Benchmark Environmental Engineering in San Jose, California to show you the proper way to dispose of hazardous materials. These substances can potentially harm people and the environment because they are toxic, corrosive, flammable, or reactive under certain conditions. They’re more common than you think; many household and office items contain hazardous materials. These products need to be handled carefully when they expire or break, and our specialists can show you how.

Common Hazardous Materials

Many people think of factory byproducts when they hear “hazardous waste,” but the managers of those factories aren’t the only ones who should be concerned about how their waste could affect the environment. Your garage at home is stocked with potentially harmful chemicals. The device you’re reading this article on is made from parts that will be considered hazardous as they age and degrade. Here are other everyday items that fall into this category:

  • Aerosols
  • Automotive Fluids, Polish, And Waxes
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Cleaners (Toilet Bowl, Shower, Carpet, Glass, Etc.)
  • Paints And Wood Stains
  • Pesticides

How To Dispose Of Hazardous Waste

A foundational rule of hazardous waste disposal is to keep it separate from the rest of your trash. Never pour out liquid chemicals down a drain, and never throw solids out with the regular garbage. Always read and follow disposal instructions written on the product labels to handle them as the manufacturer intended.

Getting rid of hazardous waste can be tricky, which is why it’s wise to let professionals handle it. Contact your local disposal service and ask about how they handle these materials. Some may provide a pick-up or mail delivery service. Other communities organize special drop-off days at the landfill or recycling center.

We Can Help You

If you think the waste on your property might be dangerous, our team can get you the definitive answers you’re looking for. Through our hazardous waste testing, we’ll determine if the waste is harmful or not and give you specific recommendations on what to do next. If we do find hazardous waste, we will refer you to a restoration company. We can also conduct follow-up tests, like soil testing, to make sure all threats have been eliminated.

Protect Your Property, Get Testing Today

At Benchmark Environmental Engineering, we can inspect your San Jose home or business property for hazardous waste. Contact us today for your free quote or more information on our hazardous waste testing services. We look forward to helping you.