06 Mar Improper waste management and its effects
Improper waste management and its effects
This has been a problem that has been plaguing entire sections of the world for a while now and we have yet to come to grips with the true reality of the situation and just how dire it really is. After all, no matter how much general talk is ongoing about the concept of recycling, very few of us actually implement it into our lives on a daily basis. Of all the billion tons of trash produced every years all across the globe, barely a fourth of that amount is recycled. Now that is abysmal by any standard.
Now what happens to the other 75% of garbage? Well, you guessed it – it either lands up in perpetually growing landfills staying there till time immemorial, is incinerated released deadly toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, thrown into the sea or left rotting and festering away in ditches. Regarding the widespread use of a skip bin, Brisbane among various other places is quite popular for doing so. However the main disadvantage of these is that they are open and a great deal of garbage tends to fall out this way, not to mention hastening the spread of diseases as well.
The consequences of improper waste management
- Soil contamination: When too much garbage and waste (especially electronic) accumulates inside a landfill for a prolonged duration, the untreated chemicals tend to slowly leach into the soil bit by bit.￼￼ Soil Contamination can also arise when too much industrial wastes end up in rivers thus slowly contaminating the river bed as well.
- Air Pollution: This is mainly caused by the open burning of wastes as well as landfill gas that is caused by the slow decomposition of the garbage. Methane gas is also a byproduct of this and most alarmingly, this particular gas is much more of a heat sponge than even CO2 which can only lead to further acceleration of Global Warming.
- Marine Pollution: When too many factories are located around a single body of water, it is only too easy to anticipate the doomed future of the river due to said factories spewing industrial affluents by the kilo. What makes matters even worse is that it even leads to the poisoning of local communities situated around the river (since they get their water from there) and the toxicity of the groundwater table which if left unchecked, could even lead to the poisoning of nearby wells. Not to mention the most glaring fact – the decline of marine life and fishing populations which the local communities are dependent on.
- Impact on people: This includes all the workers at the landfill without any form of protective gear or apparatus. It is also linked to water and soil pollution when taking the fact of the local population into consideration. This includes respiratory diseases, skin contamination due to exposure and open wounds, malaria due to mosquitoes and stomach problems as well.
Steps to be taken for proper waste management
The first step is quite the no-brainer. Proper waste disposal needs to be taken care of, not to mention people need to be educated regarding waste disposal both inside and outside their house. One without the other is of no practical use whatsoever. If you are knowledgeable about the same, kindly educate others as much as possible.
Unfortunately most governments on a worldwide basis fail to implement stringent laws regarding the improper disposal of wastes turning it into a perpetual blame game where one simply blames the other. A sad state of affairs indeed. Exactly what needs to end once and for all, not to mention the ultimate change as far as recognizing and utilizing daily recycling methods has to come from each and every one of us.