1. Toxic waste is any unwanted material in liquid, solid, or gas form that can cause harm (e.g. by being inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin). Many of today’s household products such as televisions, computers and phones contain toxic chemicals that can pollute the air and contaminate soil and water.
2. Toxic materials are poisonous byproducts as a result of industries such as manufacturing, farming, construction, automotive, laboratories, and hospitals which may contain heavy metals, radiation, dangerous pathogens, or other toxins.
3. Toxic waste has become more abundant since the industrial revolution, causing serious global health issues.
4. Disposing of such waste has become even more critical with the addition of numerous technological advances containing toxic chemical components. Products such as cellular telephones, computers, televisions, and solar panels contain toxic chemicals that can harm the environment if not disposed of properly to prevent the pollution of the air and contamination of soils and water.
5. A material is considered toxic when it causes death or harm by being inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin.
6. The waste can contain chemicals, heavy metals, radiation, dangerous pathogens, or other toxins. Even households generate hazardous waste from items such as batteries, used computer equipment, and leftover paints or pesticides.
7. Toxic material can be either human-made and others are naturally occurring in the environment.
8. Toxic waste products are divided into three general categories:
1. chemical waste, 2 radioactive waste, and 3 medical waste.
9. The world’s most dangerous chemical toxins, which are commonly grouped into a collection called the “dirty dozen”by chemists and environmentalists, are categorized as persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
10. Several POPs are pesticides: aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, and toxaphene.