Hazardous Wastes for Aquatic Animals

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There are a large number of hazardous wastes in the world today. Some hazardous wastes are disposed of in open dumpsites or landfills which are often located on sensitive lands, such as wetlands or floodplains. Other types of hazardous waste include industrial chemical and pharmaceutical products, metals, plastics, radioactive materials, non-hazardous industrial chemicals, solid materials, liquid waste from manufacturing facilities, sewage sludge, and many more. To prevent these substances reaching the environment, specific technologies can be used to filter out various hazardous pollutants (Widneski et al., 2013). This is commonly done by means of diffusion processes, whereby contaminants move through water vapor and other substances to reach the surface (Widneski et al., 2013). Therefore, it is important that the environment is protected by avoiding the entry of toxic compounds into our waterways and environments. However, despite this, some harmful, highly poisonous wastes may still enter our surroundings and cause harm. These are known as harmful pollutants and pose a great risk in our everyday life. Such pollutants include pharmaceuticals (such as penicillin and vanillin), industrial solvents (such as petroleum products), industrial intermediates, agricultural pesticides, heavy metal salts, and biocides. We can find various ways by which we can protect ourselves from these pollutants in order to make sure that the future generation has a safe environment to live, play, and learn in. Some of these ways include: preventing the entry of pharmaceuticals into rivers/tributaries, making sure that our wastewater treatment systems do not have to rely on any form of contamination by these pollutants, making sure that our air is clean with no contaminants, and ensuring that our soil is fertile with no contaminants, being aware of the dangers caused by toxic plants and animal, and protecting ourselves by using proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when going over the top onto the ground (Widneski et al., 2013). By taking care of this planet, we will become able to provide for ourselves, future generations, and the whole globe at large. By doing so, we can also contribute towards saving the very Earth itself. We all have a responsibility towards nature and its wellbeing.

To avoid the health hazards associated with many hazardous products, some people should use only those that are made from natural or sustainable sources. They should buy organic products rather than buying them from commercial manufacturers. In addition, they should try to purchase products that were produced with lower levels of pollution rather than high levels of Pollutants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that “The best way for people to manage their own health is to reduce exposure to certain chemicals in their bodies” (EPA, 2015, p.14). People should always go for foods grown from organic plants rather than commercially grown ones. Also when purchasing food, a person should look for certified organic products and ensure that the farm has given a certificate stating that it is fully certified based on USDA standards (U.S. Department of Agriculture & U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2014). Moreover, it is not advisable for a person to buy items that are labeled ‘organic’ but instead buying them from local farmers. It is important to avoid consuming contaminated products, especially if you are going to eat it, as it can give you a bad stomach.

References:

EPA: http://www.epa.gov/factsheets/factsheets_us.cfm

Widneski A, Grewal P, Sorensen K, Sprott T, & Walker R, H. W., (2013) Interactions between environmental contaminants and aquatic ecosystems: Implications for ecosystem functioning. J Appl Environ Microbiol. doi: 10.1111/j.1377-0428.201112.x

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U.S. Department Of Agriculture: U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Organic Program.

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