Waste management is defined as activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal. This includes collecting, transporting, treating and disposal of waste. All together with monitoring and regulation. Combining a proper waste management process.
In recent years, it has become more important than ever to dispose of waste properly. As well as follow environmentally-friendly practices. The irresponsible disposal of waste in undesirable locations. It’s also known as illegal dumping, is now a punishable act. Furthermore, we know that we cannot simply burn the waste that we come across. Some waste is hazardous because it releases toxins and pollutes the air. All which in turn, poses a threat to public health. What’s more, waste decomposition is the perfect host for bacteria. It can proliferate in the environment. Thereby increasing polluted bodies of water. In conclusion, waterborne diseases such as cholera.
The consequences of careless waste disposal accumulating liter. Littering resulting in the degradation of our ozone layer. Liter causes increased amounts of methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas. So that harm then affects the habitats and ecosystems. Then you can expect a decline in tourism. Finally a possible trigger of economic crisis. So it’s a vicious cycle. One that is doomed to end in catastrophe without proper waste management.
Choosing to ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’
Proper waste management plays a crucial role in global cleanliness. Also included are our collective health and safety of the population. It offers so many benefits both to the environment and to the people.
Some of the environmental benefits of proper waste management include:
Improving air and water quality
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution
Decreasing the need to manufacture new materials
Turning recyclable waste into useful substances such as compost and waste energy
Conserving space in landfills and diminishing the production of harmful substances;
Conserving natural resources such as water, minerals, and timber
Increasing safety in the workplace and community;
Then let’s include to the environmental benefits of proper waste management. All when waste is disposed of properly, it can reduce risks to overall health and wellbeing. Thereby reducing exposure to biohazards. That’s also reducing the threat of pest infestation.
In addition, waste collection companies do their part to relocate waste to areas where it can be disposed of in a safe manner. In doing so, they help to prevent the depletion of our natural resources. Then all the while reducing issues resulting from waste streams. They also sort the waste into recyclable columns. Those which reduces the cost of production of many products. Products like paper, plastic, glass, etc. Finally encouraging the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Waste management is something that everyone needs to be aware of
Although you may not have given it a lot of thought, proper waste management drastically benefits the environment. Safety measures and proper methods of rubbish disposal are essential. They make for a cleaner and safer world. A world with fewer diseases. Also one lowering the potential harm toboth humans and animals.
The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from:
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