Hazardous Site Cleanups

 

Have you ever stumbled upon a hazardous chemical or material during your spring cleaning? If so, you may have wondered where to store it and how to remove it. Working with a junk removal company is one of the best ways to ensure that contaminants are managed appropriately. 

At hazardous sites, improper waste disposal can have detrimental consequences. Toxic substances can affect the land nearby in several ways:

  • Air quality. The presence of hazardous materials can contaminate the air we breathe. Exposure to polluted or toxic air may result in health conditions, such as respiratory symptoms for those with sensitives. 
  • Water contamination. We rely on water for our daily needs; its quality is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Polluted water endangers the surrounding wildlife and communities. 
  • Soil corrosion. If hazardous materials are left outside, chemicals in them can impact the soil, especially when it rains. If the soil is not remediated, these chemicals can seep into structures and water systems.

When working with contaminated materials, we take every precaution to keep our staff, building residents, and the environment safe. Here’s a look inside our junk removal process at hazardous sites:

 

Risk Assessment 

When we think of hazardous sites, we might envision large-scale disasters like the nuclear reaction at Chernobyl in 1986. But hazards exist even with smaller demolition and renovation projects.

With any residential or commercial cleanup, the following contaminated materials pose safety risks:

  • Bed bug-infested furniture
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Items with lead paint
  • Chemicals

Junk removal crews must work carefully with these objects. For example, when dealing with asbestos, workers can saturate the material with water to prevent the release of harmful particles.

 

Strategizing & Planning

A junk removal crew needs to design a plan for how to transport all the materials safely. Once all potential hazards are identified, the team will then assess how best to remove them. 

Polluted materials require specialized disposal methods to prevent cross-contamination or exposure. Protective equipment may be required when handling hazardous materials. 

 

Proper Waste Disposal

When you’re doing your laundry, you know to separate the white clothes from the red ones. And when you’re disposing of hazardous materials, it’s also important to separate contaminated debris.

Otherwise, people may unknowingly put themselves at risk. Consider what might happen if a highly flammable chemical was disposed of in a regular dumpster. When it reached the landfill, it could react to high temperatures and cause a fire. 

Depending on the type of hazard that you’re disposing of, it must be labelled and dropped off at a designated facility.

For example, consider a couch with bed bugs—if it were to be used or recycled in any way, the bed bugs could easily spread to other households. The furniture needs to be labelled as infested so that others know not to use it.

 

In the junk removal industry, crews come across all sorts of challenges; hazardous sites are one of them. Despite the dangers that these areas pose, cleaning them is incredibly important. It ensures that the location will be safe for future residents or employees.

Need a hand with junk removal in Winnipeg? We’ve got your back. At Mr. Garbage, we’ve been in business since 2002. We have the experience and the training to handle hazardous site cleanups. Give us a call today!

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