We do not give much thought to “toxic” waste anymore. It’s almost as if the vats of green-glowy waste that were sat on the banks of rivers in Anywhere, USA towns in the 80s have been forgotten along with Flock of Seagulls or Fat Frog Ice Cream – Click for source!
It is true that, like Flock of Seagulls, who are still touring the globe to select groups of fans, toxic waste continues to be the subject of many enterprising inspectors, companies involved in waste management, and even business owners, who have no choice but to produce it. We are fortunate to live in a time of strict monitoring for hazardous waste disposal, which was once the topic of Hard Copy Reports and newspaper front pages in the heady years.
The Labpack is one of many new methods that have been implemented in recent decades to secure and destroy materials and chemicals which could harm normal citizens. The threat of jail and heavy fines have compelled many businesses to be more vigilant in their handling of potentially dangerous materials. If you don’t have an organization helping you with your hazardous or biohazardous materials, you may be doing something illegal and very wrong.
The dangers of these vats filled with green goo have been exaggerated in films and TV, but their potential to seep into soil or water is not. Their ability to cause frightening mutations may have been overstated, but their potential to cause a variety of health issues for those who come into contact with it has not. Poor management of hazardous disposal was linked to cancer and birth defects in the past. It is a serious matter and serves as a reminder of all the work that regulators and waste companies do.