Every year, millions of tonnes of rubbish are improperly disposed of, resulting in a significant impact on the environment. From plastic pollution to greenhouse gas emissions, improper rubbish removal can have serious consequences. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the environmental impact. Here’s what you need to know about the negative impacts, and what you can do to help.
Negative Effects of Improper Waste Removal
Ineffective handling of garbage can have negative effects on both human health and the natural environment. The following are some of the ways it has an impact.
- Land or Soil Pollution: This occurs when garbage is dumped on soil or other land that should be utilised for other purposes. Waste contents decompose, either through rotting or the passage of time, and leak into the surrounding environment impacting the soil and nearby regions. Air and water toxins also have devastating effects on greenery, and contaminated soil will kill the majority of plants.
- Water Pollution: Most rubbish that doesn’t end up in landfill ends up in the ocean or riverways. It subsequently decomposes into the ocean, progressively polluting the water and suffocating aquatic life. Land and marine animals can also be impacted by trash that doesn’t break down, such as plastic in the oceans killing turtles and fish. Chemicals that haven’t been disposed of properly can get into fresh water supplies, rendering the water unfit for human consumption and dangerous for swimming.
- Greenhouse Gas: Improper disposal of rubbish leads to an increase in greenhouse gases because of landfills releasing large quantities of methane gas into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and produce huge global climate change, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In turn, global warming impacts the weather and melts the ice caps, causing the sea level to rise and damaging natural habitats and the homes of billions of people.
- Health Issues: Soil, water, and air pollution cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory ailments, reproductive abnormalities, cancer, organ damage, and nervous system disorders.
Tips For Reducing the Environmental Impact Of Rubbish Removal Habits
Saving the environment begins at home, and changing your rubbish removal habits is an important step to take.
First, think twice before throwing items away. Chances are you could reuse, repurpose or recycle them into something productive rather than disposing of them. If you do need to throw things away, think about sorting your waste and using recycling services in your area to ensure that non-recyclables end up in appropriate places such as landfills or energy-from-waste facilities.
Compost your food waste. This saves resources and helps the environment. Composting converts organic debris into nutrients for garden plants, which maintains soil fertility, and reduces methane emissions and landfill costs.
Avoid plastic. Plastic bags, straws, and bottles may be convenient, but they aren’t good for the environment. They can end up in the oceans and forests, where they take centuries to break down, release chemicals, and destroy marine life. Reducing single-use items can save tonnes of plastic from entering our ecosystem each year.
Think about how you’re going to dispose of your rubbish before you do so. Chemicals, batteries and other hazardous materials should never be disposed of in your rubbish bin. Always find a local refuse that will accept these or look for rubbish removal in Sydney specialists who can take care of the items for you. If you have bulky items, such as furniture or white goods, consider local council pickups for these.
Finally, educate yourself on reducing, reusing, and recycling. By teaching yourself and other people how important these principles are, you can make a big difference in a sustainable future. You will not only learn more about how to cut down on your own trash, but you may also convince your friends and family to do the same.
By following these tips for more efficient rubbish removal, you can help make the world a greener place.
How Can Cheapest Load of Rubbish Help?
Getting help from a professional Sydney rubbish removal company is the best way to get rid of your trash the right way. Not only do they have the right tools to lift, move, and load your rubbish, but they also know how to dispose of it all sustainably.
Here at Cheapest Load of Rubbish, we are committed to helping the environment with safe rubbish removal practices. We can move everything from general rubbish to household items like furniture and appliances, as well as hazardous materials such as oil, paint or solvents (where legally possible).
Our team are highly experienced in disposing of all sorts of rubbish, and we offer affordable prices across the Sydney region. By giving Cheapest Load of Rubbish a call today, you can ensure your rubbish removal is completed efficiently and effectively. We service commercial and residential customers, and we provide same-day rubbish removal where possible. Give us a call to discuss your requirements.