The article will shed light on the biodegradability of CLR and will cover aspects such as
- Best disposal options
- How to be green and sustainable with the packaging of CLR
Is CLR biodegradable?
It is claimed by manufacturers that CLR products are biodegradable because they feature the use of natural and/or naturally derived materials.
This is also backed up by the Safety Data Sheet because it is posited there that CLR is readily biodegradable. Therefore, it can be said that CLR is not only biodegradable but certified biodegradable.
Biodegradation is the breakdown that is caused by the action of microbes. It is a natural process to make sure that there is no waste accumulation and buildup.
Biodegradation is caused by microbes such as bacteria, algae, fungi, and even viruses. However, the material needs to be natural and organic for biodegradation to happen in natural settings.
Is CLR toxic? (5 disposal considerations)
Yes, CLR is claimed to be toxic because of the use of certain ingredients used that can cause toxicity to various animals and fishes.
As per the Safety Data Sheet, CLR may be toxic to
- Aquatic vertebrates
Therefore, based on the available data, it is essential to make sure to factor in the following precautions
- CLR should not be poured down the drain because certain chemicals and constituents used in CLR may lead to damage to pipes and treatment systems.
- It is also not advised to pour CLR on soil or in water bodies because there are certain ingredients that may be mildly toxic to various species.
- The contact of CLR with life (plants and animals) should be limited.
- It is advised to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) while dealing with CLR because it is argued that some of the ingredients and constituents used may lead to degradative health situations.
- As per the safety data sheet, there can be health implications such as burns, irritation, and skin damage.
Does the packaging of CLR contain plastics?
The packaging of CLR, like most consumer products, comes in plastic packaging. What this means is that the packaging of CLR is not as eco-friendly as plastic packaging is
- Not biodegradable as there is use of non-renewable resources
- Relies on petrochemicals and fossil fuels
However, the good thing is that the packaging of CLR can be put to use instead of simply discarding away. This includes practices such as
One best and most eco-friendly things that you can do is to have the bottles recycled. This action is also way better than simply throwing the bottles in regular trash cans.
This can be done or achieved through a number of steps. If there are recycling bins around, you can put empty bottles in those bins.
You can also contact the local curbside recycling programs to schedule either a drop-off or a pick-up of the empty bottles.
However, one thing is that you need to ensure that the bottles are cleaned and there is no contamination of any sort or else the recycling facility might be compromised.
Reusing simply means utilising empty bottles for other purposes. Most people make the mistake of simply throwing away plastic bottles into trash cans. It usually ends up in landfills and as we have seen, it is not a good thing to happen.
If the waste ends up in landfills, it will remain there for hundreds of years and that will further exacerbate the waste problems that are out there.
Instead, it can be avoided by reusing plastic bottles either simply or creatively. Some manufacturers offer to take back and refill programs. However, this type of information is not mentioned in the case of CLR products.
Some options include
- Reusing the empty bottles to fill in other liquids like oils, and moisturisers
- Using plastic bottles as planters
- Using the empty bottles for storage of materials or jewellery
- Using the empty bottles for decoration purposes
- Using plastic bottles for arts and crafts or other DIY projects
- Using the plastic bottles as a piggy bank
- Using plastic bottles as pencil cases
Is CLR a hazardous waste?
No, CLR is not classified as hazardous waste and therefore, it can be treated as regular waste. However, as it has been established, it is best to make sure that CLR does not come in contact with the plants and other animal species because of the toxic effects rendered.
What is the best way to discard CLR?
There are two polarities that can be discussed when it comes to the discarding of CLR. One is the disposal of the CLR leftover and the other is the disposal of CLR bottles.
When it comes to CLR bottles, the best option is recycling because CLR is made from plastics. Plastic is non-biodegradable and therefore, it will remain in landfills for many years.
However, when plastic bottles such as CLR bottles are recycled, there is no waste generation. On the contrary, the dependency on fossil fuels is decreased and the use of virgin materials is discouraged.
When it comes to the disposal of CLR, it should be done in a way that direct contact with life should be avoided as there are toxic effects of CLR on algae, microbes, and fishes. Therefore, there should be treatment sections that may subtract the toxicity effects from CLR waste.
It is concluded that CLR products are claimed to be biodegradable. The data from SDS was also taken into account.
The article also discussed greener disposal options to make sure that CLR is disposed of in the most sustainable ways.
Further, a comment on the toxicity of CLR was also made in the light of examples and lastly, the packaging was discussed. Various disposal options for its packaging were also given.
- CLR. Retrieved from: https://clrbrands.com/Products/CLR-Household/CLR-Calcium-Lime-and-Rust-Remover
- Safety Data Sheet. Retrieved from: https://clrbrands.com/CLR/media/PDF/retail/CLR_CALCIUM_LIME___RUST_SDS_6408176-21.pdf