Types of Hazardous Wastes

Waste management concept shotEven the cleanest processes can produce waste that is harmful to human health and the environment.

Despite the presence of companies such as Enviro Care Inc. that safely disposes of toxic waste, many people still have little knowledge on hazardous waste collection in Utah. As a result, these people end up exposed to waste or exposing the environment to waste, which can lead to health problems. That said, it’s important to educate oneself about the types of hazardous wastes. Here are some of the hazardous waste categories:

Characterized Waste

Hazardous waste in this category is characterized by the type and level of damage that it causes to the health and the environment. For instance, bases or acids that have a Ph of more than or equal to 12.5, or less than or equal to 2 are characterized as corrosive. Additionally, waste materials that lose stability under normal conditions and end up exploding or producing fumes or vapor are categorized as reactive wastes.

Mixed Waste

This category is composed of both hazardous and radioactive materials. Most of the waste from commercial productions fall into this category, along with low-level hazardous wastes. It is mostly generated in industries such as pharmaceutical, medical, nuclear, and other energy-oriented production industries.


Electronic waste is the most recent among hazardous waste categories. The changes that they go through during the manufacturing process make them hazardous. This being said, they need to be disposed of appropriately. Electronic waste includes old toasters, coffee makers, fridges, printers, computers, and TVs.

Apart from learning the different types of hazardous wastes, you can explore other ways to safely handle toxic waste. To ensure environmental responsibility when handling and disposing of hazardous waste, for instance, try combining efforts with an environmental recovery and safe waste disposal organization. These institutions are knowledgeable in the federal and state laws and regulations that surround handling hazardous waste.