Hazardous waste and its proper disposal have become a major sociological problem today due to its capability of contaminating the area in which we live and its potential to be lethal to all living things. In order for the United States and the rest of the world to save itself from a potentially life threatening problem they must fix the causes which lead to the improper disposal of hazardous wastes and like materials. Some reasons that hazardous waste has become a problem in the United States today is due to the breakdown in enforcing laws for the proper disposal of such wastes, a lack of initiative on big companies behalf to spend money on proper disposal, and the ease of disposing of such wastes illegally.
The mistakes of the past
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This lack of enforcement will potentially allow such practices as illegal dumping to continue unchecked. "The ideal solution to hazardous waste problems is to change industrial processes so that hazardous waste materials are no longer produced"(Kiefer, 1981, p.51). However, in all reality this is very improbable. It would be almost impossible to make any large changes to plants that are already in operation. I believe part of the solution will lie in how the government deals with large corporation pertaining to hazardous waste. If the government were to offer tax breaks to those companies who properly dispose of their hazardous waste this might inspire companies to do so. Also, if the government were to offer tax breaks for companies who seek better or more efficient ways of dealing with toxic wastes then not only would we see an improvement in the current situation but most likely a step forward in the right direction of taking care of the hazardous waste problem plaguing the world today. Another possible solution is to have the government fund new projects on how to possibly recycle toxic or hazardous waste in a manner that is safe and productive.
One approach to recycling is to transfer one company's waste to another company that can use it. One successful reuse of a waste material involves "pickle acid,". . . The pickle acid is transferred to a power plant that generates