Garbage decomposes at wildly different rates. For instance, a banana peel takes about a month, while rubber takes about 70 years and a plastic holder can take 500 years. Landfills are dirty, smelly eyesores that are quickly becoming overcrowded and releasing methane gas into the atmosphere, while incineration releases carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the air. With the proper disposal methods, you can reduce your garbage impact while effectively removing it from your life.
Industrialized nations are grappling with the problem of expeditious and safe waste disposal. Non-biodegradable and toxic wastes like radioactive remnants can potentially cause irreparable damage to the environment and human health if not strategically disposed of.
Though waste disposal has been a matter of concern for several decades, the main problem has been taking massive proportions due to growth in population and industrialization, the two major factors that contribute to waste generation. Though some advancement is being made in waste disposal methods, they are still not adequate. The challenge is to detect newer and unhazardous methods of waste disposal and put these methods to use.
The importance of good and clean environment cannot be described adequately. According to many scientists, the factor which influences the growth of individuals most is environment.
Every household generates waste or garbage, which should not be thrown anywhere and everywhere, but only in trash bins. It was shocking to see some residents leave their trash bags outside the main door of the garbage chute room, in the passage, in spite of a notice that clearly indicates the procedures to be followed. Even worse, some residents just throw the open bags with contents spilling all over the place.
Throwing garbage all over the place will not only dirty our surroundings and pollute the environment, making it very unhygienic, but also causes bad odours and encourages the infestation of cockroaches, flies and other insects. There are various diseases caused due to poor maintenance of hygienic conditions.
We know for a fact that the habits learnt or followed at a young age get embedded into one’s personality. It is very important, therefore, that adults set an example at home for children and are taught clean disposal of home waste.
It is surprising how we do not seem to understand that our convenience may end up in excess costs, and health hazards to other residents, in addition to the risk of any injuries from spilt stuff, like broken plastic or glass, to the cleaners in charge.
We need to make sure that we know proper disposal rules and read and understand the rules posted near the garbage chute. Children should be educated on the need for safe trash disposal. Residents need to take the initiative to correct others when they see improper disposal. Warnings should be issued to residents who are found to dispose wrongly and fines should be imposed when caught recurrently.
We must keep our surroundings neat and clean to help us live healthy and better lives and for the betterment of society.
Sort your garbage into a few different bins. This can be done quickly by setting up a multi-storage bin in your kitchen so items can be sorted as they are disposed.
Bring any garbage that can be reused, such as toys or clothing, to a secondhand store to be resold.
Take recyclables such as glass, plastics and paper to a local recycling center. If your neighborhood has a recycling pick-up, leave it out in the front of your house in plastic bins. Don’t use plastic garbage bags as this only contributes to the waste.
Turn food and garden waste into compost. You can do this with a simple compost pile, or speed things up with a compost bin filled with worms that will digest the trash and do the work for you. Once it’s completely composted, you can use it in your garden as a rich fertilizer.
Collect any remaining garbage into a trash bag and place it into a garbage bin. Remember to seal the top so that animals won’t be able to get into it. Leave the bin in sight for garbage collectors on your pick up day.