Joe Baumann, Industrial General Manager for Veolia North America, explains how the makeup and management of household hazardous waste has changed.
As our world changes, so does the waste we generate. Facilities that manage household hazardous waste are seeing those changes, too. Oil-based paint is being replaced by latex; discarded lithium-ion batteries grow exponentially with the electronics that use them; and newer LED lighting is replacing previously common fluorescent light bulbs. Over a lifetime, the average American home can collect as much as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste. So what are environmentally concerned people to do? Find out as Baumann tells how steps made by communities, manufacturers and waste companies can increase safety and lead to the responsible disposal of household hazardous waste.