One prerequisite to a livable community is proper waste disposal. The appropriate stakeholders in any given town or city should be able to plan and execute a waste disposal method that is both safe and reliable. In cases where waste disposal is haphazardly done, immediate repercussions are to be expected. Here are three of these dangers.
1. Water Contamination
The International Association of Hydrological Sciences has warned about the direct effect of toxic leachates from poorly planned and maintained landfills to groundwater safety and quality. Cases related to this scenario have been observed worldwide. Even if you do not live near a landfill, you are still susceptible to inadvertent consumption of drinking water that is heavy with solvents as well as toxic metals such as lead.
2. Soil Contamination
E-waste is also of huge concern nowadays. With our increasing reliance on all kinds of electronic gadgets, more and more of this type of refuse reach our landfills, and, in turn, contaminate the soil. Some of the notorious by-products of these wastes include organic compounds such as polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs and PBDDs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dechlorane plus (DP), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), to name a few.
3. Economic Setback
A lot of financial value may be lost due to improper waste disposal. If you live in a town or city with garbage everywhere, chances are it will be difficult for it to attract potential visitors and investors. More importantly, excessive throwing away from stuff that could still be salvaged and recycled amounts to the loss of recycling revenue.
If you aspire to a good waste disposal culture in your town or city, the easiest way is to begin in your very own backyard. Start improving your waste disposal method. Learn how to segregate garbage and follow the system religiously. Work with a reliable waste skip hire when transporting your refuse. Better yet, throw less and recycle more.