Maybe you have sometimes seen a can with a lot of signs on it like a skull and crossbones or an X. For example, you can see these signs on buckets of paint and many kinds of batteries. These signs tells you that the contents of the container may harm you. And if it can harm you, it can probably harm animals too. Beluga whales have already been harmed by toxic waste from factories in Canada.
In fact, a lot of animals die every day from toxic waste that has not been taken care of in the right way. Toxic waste belongs in special containers that can often be found in places where you can sort your litter. Sometimes you can also leave the toxic waste at the store where the product was originally bought.
Did you know that in Sweden alone, 30 million tonnes of chemicals that are dangerous both for us and our environment are emitted every year?
Here are a two good tips on how to be smart with toxic waste:
· If you find some container with mysterious contents, never touch it. Always tell an adult about it and she/he can help you take care of it.
· Always throw old batteries in the recycling bin for batteries!
· Impress your parents when they are in the store by telling them to look for products that are non-toxic and environmentally friendly.