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Hazardous wastes are those wastes which, due to their nature and quantity, are a potential risk to human health and/or the environment and which require special disposal techniques to eliminate or reduce the hazard. If disposed of without proper treatment, hazardous wastes can cause serious, long-lasting damage to both terrestrial (land) and aquatic ecosystems. Human health impacts can also be severe. For example, long-term exposure to mercury, lead or cadmium can damage the brain, the kidneys, the nervous system, and fetal development.
In general, products that are corrosive, flammable, reactive or toxic are considered to be hazardous waste. Always use and dispose of products as directed by the manufacturer or supplier. Examples include:
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