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Due to the many different types of products humans and animals use in the world there are various types of waste present today These different wastes often have different chemical and physical characteristics and mixing them can be dangerous Problems arise when more than one type of waste is processed at the same time so wastes often have to be separated and dealt with differently Many wastes have dangerous and undesired properties such as easy combustibility corrosivity radioactivity or toxic capacities For example some wastes are so easy to ignite that if they are disposed in the wrong way they will catch fire soon enough and their burning or the burning of other wastes nearby may release deadly fumes into the environment Corrosive wastes are so strong acid or otherwise that if they burn right through any nearby substances sometimes causing chemical reactions which lead to toxic and deadly byproducts In some countries it is forbidden to dispose of radioactive wastes because of the threat of nuclear war and sometimes simply the wastes themselves are so toxic that with a few rains runoff will pollute nearby water sources to the point that they are no longer safe to sustain life In past times before we humans realized that our space was limited we assumed naively that waste we could not see did not exist We would just bury it throw it into the ocean or even burn it thinking it would just disappear This was not the case and we are now facing the consequences looking for new and improved ways to dispose of our waste safely and efficiently Waste that was once just buried or lain out on flat land is now covered each day with clay and soil and runoff is often drained and purified Only certain things are permitted to be burned and when they are the products are collected separated and purified Wastes disposed of in the ocean are carefully
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