Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
2 Nov 2020
4:02 pm

Everybody generates wastes. How hazardous is yours?  

Nica Richards

Hazardous waste has an important role to play in a circular economy, as the correct classification and disposal of waste enables reuse and recycling. 

Personal protective equipment has to be worn during disposals and treatment, to make sure that the reactivity is known and prevented. Photo:: iStock

All businesses create some sort of waste, but knowing if it is hazardous is integral to saving lives, the planet and gearing South Africa towards a circular economy, aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources.  Businesses, big or small, don't dispose of their waste correctly because they think it might be costly and tedious. Or they may not even know how much hazardous waste they produce and there is no need to dispose of it indiscriminately.  Hazardous waste is not just the toxic, bubbling, green sludgy slime of a radioactive bath the villain of a movie falls...