The improper disposal of hazardous waste remains a problem in Californian landfills, but also poses an even more serious health issue when it takes place in commercial businesses. A local Sacramento produce company was recently cited for having hazardous materials on property, and in close proximity to food preparation work areas, after reported by CAW's Director, Mark Murray.
Much of the waste was in the form of disregarded tires and broken fluorescent bulbs. Both materials are problem products which carry certain regulations for disposal in the state.
"It’s really irresponsible for a business to be disregarding the law….I’m certainly concerned about the threat to public health and the environment," said Murray according to KCRA 3’s article.
Fluorescent bulbs, as well as other products such as electronics, contain varying degrees of the toxin, mercury, which when improperly disposed, is released into the atmosphere and can cause detrimental health problems. State laws help regulate how these items are handled in order to avoid the release of these types of toxins.
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