How well or how badly waste removal and disposal is managed has a direct impact on our immediate environment. The effective management of our waste will ensure the health of our planet, and ultimately, the survival of us all. This has led to a push worldwide to encourage people to reduce and recycle because we can all make an effort to do something to save our environment.
The effects of pollution on our environment may seem a problem that affects others, but with the extreme weather patterns that are apparent around the world, it is obvious that we are all affected to a certain extent, by either excessive heat or cold, or by flooding or drought. We should therefore be doing what we can to minimize it.
Here are some of the materials that we use every day but that pollute or cause damage to our environment when we dispose of them.
Pollution can be defined as any substance that causes harm when it enters our environment. This would include substances entering the air, water, or soil. Pollution of any type is dangerous to human life. It has been shown to cause many diseases such as asthma, tuberculosis, and even certain types of cancers.
Many of these pollutants are generated by commercial industry which as an individual we may feel we have no control over. But there are some that we do have control over.
Plastic pollution is caused by plastic bottles and plastic wastes degrading the environment if they are not recycled correctly. They become microplastics which are small particles of plastic that find their way into our food chain through the soil and water, and even the air that we breathe. The health effects of these haven’t been fully determined yet. But the chemicals from microplastics are toxic to ingest and scientists are speculating that they may even cause cancers amongst other health hazards.
We can help mitigate plastic pollution by recycling our plastic waste at home and at work. Cutting down on single-use plastic such as shopping bags, plastic water bottles, and goods packed in plastic packaging from the supermarket will enable us to drastically cut back on the amount of plastic waste we generate.
Air pollution is caused by harmful gases being released into the atmosphere. The majority of air pollution is caused by the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas for the generation of electricity, transport, and industry.
There are strict rules in place for managing and improving the quality of our air. Choosing to use sustainable methods of heating and powering vehicles will cut down on air pollution. The ban on CFCs which was a pollutant used in refrigeration has helped forestall the destruction of the ozone layer. This is a crucial layer in protecting our earth from UV rays and consequently slowing down global warming.
Electronics are manufactured using many different metals, plastics, and toxic materials. If e-waste is not recycled correctly and is dumped in a landfill, these pollutants will leach into the surrounding water and soil affecting water quality and the quality of the soil. These toxic materials include heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury which can all be reused in the manufacture of new electronics if they are recycled correctly. This not only saves the environment from further destruction by mining for new products but also uses less energy when the new products are manufactured using recycled materials.
Organic waste which includes food waste is something that householders can consciously reduce. When organic waste that finds its way into the landfill decomposes, it releases a gas called methane which is one of the main contributors to climate change. By reducing the amount of food waste our households generate, we can contribute to the improvement of our atmosphere.
One of the basic ways we can help preserve our environment is to dispose of our household waste responsibly.
Managing the amount of waste we generate will require reducing our consumption. Thereafter the 3R’s mantra of reduce, reuse, and recycle becomes part of our daily routine. We can teach our kids these practices and if we lead by example, these habits will become second nature to them. Every family member needs to become involved in how our waste is managed at home.
This day-to-day waste management involves:
But by being aware of the products we use, and where the trash we generate goes, we do have control over these aspects, and we can make a difference.
When you are looking for help with any waste clearance or removal, give us a call. We will ensure that your waste is disposed of properly and not just dumped randomly at the side of the road or needlessly into our landfills. We are as responsible for keeping our environment clean as you are.
We are concerned about our environment and do not wish to add to the problems of pollution. If you would like to be responsible for your waste disposal we are happy to be your community partner in responsible waste clearance and disposal. You can be assured that we will help you do the right thing.
We follow the strict rules that are in place with regard to disposing of any waste because it is for the benefit of all our citizens. We are committed to keeping our environment safe not only for us but for future generations.
Little Green Junk is a licensed waste removal company, and our job is to haul away waste and dispose of it correctly. We collect your waste at a time convenient to you even if it is after hours or at weekends. We also offer a same-day junk removal service.
Call us at the following number: 717 988 0997.
We look forward to hearing from you.