A laboratory is a specially equipped space/room there different devices, equipment and materials are used in order to perform certain scientific and research tasks. There are different types of laboratories – biologist, physics, chemist, medical and few other types and what most of them have in common is the waste that is produced once the tests and experiments are finished.
Unfortunately not all people understand the importance of treating this lab waste in the right way. Some of them throw the garbage in ordinary dust bins which is certainly wrong. They probably don’t know what happens once they throw away some syringe or other piece of medical equipment or even used device in the garbage.
Chemicals, scalpels, syringes, glassware and general lab waste will be sent to landfills if you don’t separate them. These are specially assigned areas for waste, but this doesn’t mean that they can receive any type of waste. Typically, after certain amount of garbage builds up in that area; it is processed (burnt) in an incinerator in order to make more space for new garbage. This burning creates toxic fumes that are spread in the atmosphere and they can reach populated areas easily especially if there is a presence of winds. Even when the garbage is not burnt, the lab waste can easily reach the soil and water after a while. Of course, throwing this waste in the ocean or the sea is not a solution and professional lab recycling services should be used. Every eco-aware person will agree that all these methods are unacceptable.
Lab waste contains a number of dangerous and harmful chemicals and similar substances. Cadmium, lead, infectious materials are some of the things that you can find in this waste. Most of the materials found in this waste won’t decompose even after decades. So, even if they are found in the water or in the ground they won’t decompose. As we have mentioned before landfills are not an option because the harmful substances are eventually spread in the ground or in the air. When they are thrown away in the water, they are affecting the aquatic life and lead to deaths of fish and other animals and affect the flora too.
The only solution that can lead to secure environment is lab recycling. Lab waste produces many negative effects for the environment, but the use of lab recycling eliminates these effects and keeps our nature in a perfect condition. Lab waste contains many different materials and some of these materials can be reused if they are extracted carefully. In addition, the process of production of lab equipment and devices request a lot of energy. So, even the production process is affecting the environment in a negative way. By reusing some of the materials trough the lab recycling process the need for lab equipment production is reduced.
There are many lab recycling services on the market which makes lab recycling very easy. All you need to do is to sort out the products that you want to throw away and the company will come and pick up these items. This is a very effective method that can save the environment, but also save you some time and money too.