How Improper Waste Removal Negatively Impacts the Environment

As more and more of us are becoming more eco-aware and making a shift to becoming more eco-friendly and keeping sustainability in mind, waste removal is something we all need to keep in mind.

While it is the key to recycling and discarding of waste products, waste removal has to be done properly to have a beneficial impact on the environment. Often shortcuts are being taken, such as illegal fly-tipping, which is why consumers need to ask questions and verify that their waste collection service is reputable and helping the environment.

Whether it’s an increase in pollution, soil contamination, or threatening solid sewage and drainage in local communities, improper waste removal can negatively impact our environment in a myriad of ways.

Cooking oil can cause a lot of damage to sewerage and drainage if it is dumped down sinks or drains, or if dumped on waste ground. Also, waste cooking oils taken as general waste end up in landfills with existing rubbish, adding to land pollution and damaging water tables.

Waste and trash being dumped in oceans have shifted from being a casual occurrence to a vast problem around the world. Travellers arrive at stunning beaches to see trash drifting in with the tide.

The bigger danger of ocean pollution is ocean acidification. The increasing acidity in oceans has a huge impact on marine life. Fish and other marine life are especially sensitive to shifting acidity and pH levels. Any such changes, even small ones, can upend their populations.

The Great Barrier Reef is one huge example of how tossing waste by humans can have a devastating and disastrous effect on marine life and the ocean’s health overall.

Poor air quality

On the surface, most would not think something as innocuous as waste management and recycling ties directly to air quality and its subsequent pollution, but they are intertwined. If recyclable items make their way to landfill sites, they add to the harmful gases that are emitted.

For example, when paper, plastics, and other items are either brought or end up in landfills, they are burned. These harmful gases emitted from the burning disrupt the ozone layer and also contribute to methane gas, which is produced from waste as it decomposes.

Contamination of soil

Soil contamination is one often overlooked impact of improper waste removal. The soil has to be healthy and full of just the right nutrients to support proper growth.

Improper waste removal can lead to hazardous chemicals from liquids and other recyclable goods becoming embedded into the soil. Hazardous chemicals can also interrupt or otherwise inhibit the growing process. This leads to other issues, namely one of food supply and disrupting food chain supply.

Improper waste removal has lasting effects that can span across multiple generations. It’s essential we all take responsibility in our waste disposal, and make more efforts to recycle where we can.

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