Toxic waste, sometimes called “hazardous waste,” is material that can cause injury and/or death to living creatures.
Toxic waste is often material that has been discarded yet still poses long term risks to the environment and health. Because most hazardous waste material can migrate relatively easily it can contaminate rivers, lakes, and oceans.
The Industrial Revolution was the time when toxic waste started to become a significant issue. Mostly the product of commerce, hazardous waste can also be a byproduct of residential use. Lawn care products, cleaning products, and cosmetics have all done their part to harm the environment over the years.
Toxic material can also be part and parcel of some types of farming. Pesticides and fertilizers …