TOXIC WASTE CREATION, THE DARK SIDE
Harsh chemical solvents are commonly used to clean small gas engine carburetors, spark plugs, fuel and oil filters, as well as decks and the exterior of engines.
WHAT IS COMMONLY USED?
- Carburetor Cleaner
- Brake Cleaner
- Engine Degreaser
Let's take a closer look ...
Carburetor cleaners are either single can aerosols or come in gallon sized portions. The toxicity of a carburetor cleaner's main ingredients, by themselves, makes this cocktail a hazardous material, requiring educated and careful use. Each of the cleaner's ingredients derive from petroleum.
Non-chlorinated brake cleaner is a top choice for repair shops. The primary difference between chlorinated and non-chlorinated brake cleaner is non-chlorinated is not as flammable. Both are harmful and may cause blindness if swallowed. Vapors are also harmful. Eye and skin irritant.
Degreasers are chemicals that are used to clean metal by washing dirt, grease and oil from auto engine parts. A degreaser can be either oil or water based. Oil-based degreasers are usually toxic and flammable. Even small amounts entering surface or groundwater can result in serious pollution. many oil-based degreasers readily evaporate and contribute to smog or ground level ozone.
Suffice it to say that gasoline is a popular cleaning solution for landscape equipment. Usually it ends up on the ground.