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Can I see?
Hassan, did you finish cleaning out the cabinet? I want to put the newcleaning supplies there when you’re done.
The people who lived here before sure left a lot behind. You’d think theywere running a chemical factory. What is it?
I really can’t tell. Most of the jars don’t have labels, or the labels are so faded I can’t read them. This jar is filled with an oily mess with pieces of metal and something else in it.
Almost. I found this jar filled with oily stuff. I have no idea what it is.
Some household products can be very reactive, toxic, or flammable. Atthe hospital, I work with other department heads to be sure we make gooddecisions about the hazardous products we use.
Why don’t you just dump it down the drain?
Be careful! It might be dangerous. How do you think I should get rid of it?
All those chemicals dumped down the drain build up. Imagine all thehomes around the world over 20 years—that’s a lot of cleaning suppliesin the water systems. These chemicals can do long-term harm to animals,organisms, and habitats.
That’s what I think. I always wash everything down the sink, or throw it inthe garbage. They treat wastewater don’t they? And the garbage is taken toa dump, so what’s the harm in that?
Why would a store sell cleaning products if they’re harmful? They’re beingdiluted with water when you put them down the drain. Doesn’t that takeaway any hazard?
But what if it’s hazardous? We learned at school that a lot of the things we buy to clean our homes and take care of our gardens contain chemicals that are bad for us and the environment.
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