Hazardous Waste in London

Wednesday 14 December 2011 10:39

There have been a lot of reports in the news recently about the growing problem of hazardous waste being dumped in London.

We look at the impact this problem is having on our local environment. In particular we look at the animals and wildlife that live within London and how it affects them in their day to day lives.

We also look at who is to blame for the increase over the last 10 years.

We also look at what can be done to reduce the amount of hazardous waste build up in London.

It isn’t very nice living near and area that has had hazardous waste dumped. It’s even worse for animals and the local wildlife that are exposed to it on a daily bases. Its polluting their homes and the water they drink.

It’s not just the chemicals that make an impact. Discarded packaging which the hazardous material is contained in is also often dumped.

These items are sharp and really do some damage to legs and feet when stepped on, not to mention if the animal mistake’s it for food.

Many government organisations and wildlife charities are putting the blame on the general public. With the increase in products containing hazardous materials in the house hold combined with our throw away mentality and contributed in more than a 50% increase in the last 5 years alone.

In a survey completed by the environmental agency in 2008 suggested that as many individuals really didn’t know what contained the hazardous waste. The survey also highlighted that many didn’t know how and where to dispose of hazardous waste.

What was more horrifying was that many businesses that were questioned also came back with the same answer.

The environmental agency concluded that the government needed to do more to educate people of what he items found in households are hazardous. They also said that councils needed to do more to advertise hazardous waste disposal faculties instead of being hidden deep on some government website.

The report also concluded that businesses weren’t doing enough and they need to step up their efforts as well as being held more accountable. The report goes on to say that they strongly recommended that companies not disposing of hazardous waste correctly fine directors directly. Something which they feel will keep small and medium size businesses in check.  

So what types of waste is classed as hazardous? Well the following types of domestic waste that may contain hazardous waste include:

  • asbestos
  • pesticides
  • fluorescent tubes
  • oils
  • some paints
  • some household and car batteries
  • discarded electrical equipment like TVs and computer monitors, fridges and freezers
  • discarded energy saving light bulbs (also known as CFLs)

The environmental agency has recommended that you contact your council if you’re not sure whether waste is hazardous or not.

In conclusion we need to get more aware of how to dispose of hazardous waste. We need to make London a clean place, not just for the people that live their but for the local animals that sleep and eat in the surrounding area. 

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