Hazardous waste is any waste material that is dangerous to human health or that degrades the environment. Hazardous waste includes substances that are:
Toxic: causes serious harm or death, or is poisonous.
Chemically active: causes dangerous or unwanted chemical reactions, such as explosions.
Corrosive: destroys other things by chemical reactions.
Flammable: easily catches fire and may send dangerous smoke into the air.
All sorts of materials are hazardous wastes and there are many sources. Many people have substances that could become hazardous wastes in their homes. Several cleaning and gardening chemicals are hazardous if not used properly. These include chemicals like drain cleaners and pesticides that are toxic to humans and many other creatures. While these chemicals are fine if they are stored and used properly, if they are used or disposed of improperly, they may become hazardous wastes.
Hazardous waste is material that is toxic, chemically active, corrosive, or flammable.
Hazardous wastes are damaging to the environment or human health.
Hazardous materials are found in a variety of settings, including industry, agriculture, and people’s homes.