With increased population in our society today, one of the major challenges we are facing proper rubbish disposal. The amount of waste generated in households, offices and industries is a lot. Yet, most people do not know how to dispose these waste properly. Whether it is plastic bag, broken glass, absolute electronic gadgets, food waste or used battery cells, they all need to be disposed properly in order to reduce the amount of harm they are causing in our environment.
Rubbish disposal is a systematic way of managing waste from its origin to final destination where it is destroyed or recycled. It involves a number of process such as collection, transportation, dumping, burning, treatment, recycling and many other rubbish monitoring and regulations. Due to the many processes involved, there are many obstacles in proper rubbish disposal.
1) Production of too much waste
The main reason why proper rubbish disposal is a challenge, is because we are producing too much waste. Every day, each household produces kilograms of waste from plastic packing bags, food waste, outdated and spoilt electronic gadgets, old clothes and broken furniture. Since people want to get rid of the waste immediately, the waste ends up in a landfill or burnt, which is a major threat to our environment. In addition, in an attempt to maximise profits, most industries are producing single use products without prioritising recycling or reusing. Water bottles, single use straws, cutlery and plastic bags are the major waste collected in urban areas.
2) Lax regulations and policies
Most cities do not have strict regulations on how to dispose rubbish. Some industries and companies channel untreated toxic waste into open environment because they know no serious actions will be taken against them. Policies and regulations that state rubbish should be disposed properly are not fully observed to monitor and regulate the different types of waste that end up in a landfill. Therefore, medical waste, special waste, household waste and other toxic waste end up in a landfill which becomes hazardous to both people and the environment, and takes many years to clear it.
3) No emphasis on recycling
Most people are not aware on the effects of improper rubbish disposal on the environment and their health. Therefore, most people do not see the need to properly dispose rubbish. They buy one time use products and dispose of it carelessly. Sensitising people through campaigns on social media, television and publications will help people to understand the importance of recycling and reusing hence reduce the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill.
4) Reliance on outdated technology
Waste disposal and management facilities continuously rely on short term and quick solutions for rubbish disposal instead of developing long lasting and effective recycling and waste reduction programs. This has led to over reliance on use of outdated technologies to deal with waste. Most states are reluctant in investing on more current and creative methods of reducing the amount and toxicity of waste by promoting recycling.
There are many private waste management industries to help overcome rubbish disposal challenges. However, most of them are expensive. Therefore, most low income citizens opt to burn, burry or dispose their rubbish in a landfill to escape the cost of proper waste rubbish disposal.
Poor rubbish removal is a major problem in our society. It has serious environment effects that are already evident, such as global warming effect. Rubbish and waste management should be a priority to everyone from young kids to senior citizens. If you are stuck with rubbish in your house or office that you do not know how to dispose, contact Paul’s Rubbish Removal. At a friendly price and good customer service, we will help you to dispose your rubbish properly.