In the material world today, there is way too much waste and way fewer efforts to manage it properly. Garbage disposal is often done in such a way that the environment is polluted and faces the negative consequences of toxic waste products that can be utilized better via reusing and recycling.
With enhanced technology advancements, improper waste management is being tackled with each passing day. No government or private organization can, however, fight an alone war against this enemy of the environment.
The harmful material that is released in the environment is not only due to littering but also due to the use of unsustainable products and improper waste management.
How does improper waste disposal harm us?
Waste material that contributes to the pollution of the environment counts as hazardous. It can cause land pollution, air pollution, choking of animals and birds, health hazards, and soil degradation, among others.
When waste is just littered here and there or is not given the right condition to decompose, it gets harmful for us. Instances have come up that report that there is a lack of consistency in the garbage disposal mechanism in many cities from the end of the municipal corporations.
Garbage bags from domestic and commercial areas keep lying around for long and attract insects and microorganisms that cause infections through direct contact and air. A lot of unsegregated waste is kept to rot over a long period of time, which causes them to meddle with each other’s processes of decomposition and hamper the process of waste disposal.
What are the challenges to be met?
The amount of waste we are producing is growing with each passing day. The challenges are ever-changing and growing in number. Here are a few critical problems that we face in overcoming improper waste management and its consequences:
The more the people, the more waste is going to be generated. People should be made aware of the amount of their personal waste and be taught waste reduction in bigger families.
Ignorance is bliss:
Those privileged enough to not face the direct consequences of improper disposal of waste often ignore their contribution to the big lot. It is crucial to spread awareness and keep reminding people of their responsibility towards the environment.
Laziness and couch commentary:
A lot of people claim to want proper garbage disposal, and yet all they do is sit in their comfort zones, commenting about it but not having separate dustbins for wet and dry waste. As a matter of fact, segregation and disposal of garbage take effort, and not everyone is willing to put in that effort.
How do you get affected by the mess?
The harm that we give out to the environment, it gets back to us but in different ways. An increase in plastic use and disposal in recent years can be seen as a trend of degrading environment because of the low economic investment.
However, the price to pay has been tremendously increasing as well. Below are a few of the most aggravated ones:
Effect on health:
Rising cases of contamination through sewers, infections, severe chronic damage of important body parts, and constant or recurring flu are the most common health effects of unregulated improper waste.
Death of fauna:
Animals are always one of the worst recipients of our comforts. They suffer the loss of habitat and various health problems as collateral damage to human convenience in regards to waste disposal. Some species have even died as a result.
Another significant effect of bad disposal is on the soil. With chemical affluents and flammable material among the waste products, there are times when they react and harm the soil so much that it loses its fertility or becomes unusable even.
How can you help?
Simple measures to improve waste management systems are imperative to employ across the nations. We need to assess and implement the conventional three Rs and one-up it by upcycling. We need to reduce our waste, reuse the minimal resources we have, recycle the ones that can not be reused, and upcycle the ones that can be made of better value.
Wet waste can be made into manure by letting it decompose. This helps in segregating the waste in such a way that there is a minimal amount of waste that actually waits for proper disposal. Buying eco-friendly items in place of those that are harmful to the environment is also a must.
For example, using metal straws instead of plastic straws is not too expensive or inconvenient an option and carrying and using a cloth or jute bag instead of promoting polythene bags isn’t too difficult. Governments should also ensure that there is a well-functioning garbage disposal system and ensure stronger mechanisms to ensure the segregation of dry and wet waste.
These simple solutions curb improper waste management and bring it to a surprisingly low level. They aren’t too difficult to perform and only include small one-time investments that will help you save more than just money.