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Health Issues Related To Improper Rubbish Disposal

Among the countless household problems surrounding trash is improper rubbish disposal. It is relatively easy to put rubbish in bins and let them sit by the curb until collection day, but it does not guarantee efficient and safe rubbish removal as your garbage would be sitting under the heat and rain for days. 

Furthermore, poor waste management exposes families to various health issues and it can ripple to the neighbouring households and the entire community. That’s why efficient rubbish disposal sometimes requires a step further to get rid of the health risks. There’s a really huge difference between putting food waste in plastic bins and dumping them in proper compost pits. Similarly, relying on rubbish removal services for massive heaps of rubbish is more effective than waiting for collection day. 

With health risks being said, here are various health issues related to improper rubbish disposal.

Water Pollution and Digestive Ailments

Water is by far the most vulnerable element from improper rubbish disposal. Water pollution poses the biggest threat to human life and combining it with air pollution would cause acid rain – the perfect recipe for environmental disaster. 

Additionally, leachate from piles of garbage gets into bodies of water. Fish and shellfish that goes to our plates could feed on these pollutants – and you can only imagine its effect on our bodies.

Our digestive system is the primary recipient of the ingested toxin – immediately causing diarrhea or cholera. Other diseases caused by eating fishes from polluted bodies of water include Typhoid fever, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. Properly washing your food before cooking can only do so much, as the best way to avoid getting these diseases is making sure your food comes from clean sources.

Rodents and Pests

Adverse health effects from excessive dumping of rubbish can also arise through rodents and insects. Rats, flies, mosquitoes, and other vermins breed excessively on filthy environments and your heaps of rotting rubbish offers the best place for them to multiply. These pests are main agents that carry diseases directly from the rubbish bins to nearby households. 

Rats are particularly known to transmit leptospirosis and salmonellosis while mosquitoes bring malaria and dengue. Flies on another hand are also known carriers of diarrhoeal diseases, particularly shigellosis – among other else. Regardless of the pest or diseases that they carry, any week-old pile of rubbish is a hotspot for health risks and children playing outdoors are the most vulnerable. That’s why you have to tend to your rubbish as soon as possible.

Food Poisoning

Poor rubbish disposal also plays a role in the risk of food poisoning. One of its main causes is consuming contaminated meat and other food – and that boils down to either water and soil pollution. If you remember that leaches from rotting rubbish can reach bodies of water, well they can also contaminate the immediate soil as well as plants and vegetables thriving in the vicinity.

If you have fruits and vegetables in your garden that provides a portion of your food supply, it is important to ensure proper rubbish disposal and composting. Contaminating your food with toxic substances, especially from e-waste, exposes your family to serious health risks brought upon by food poisoning.

Physical Injuries

If you are working near a cluttered rubbish bin or an overflowing solid-waste garbage bag, the risk of getting injured is very high. Poorly discarded rubbish can cause physical injuries and severe wounds from broken bottles, sharps, and scrap metal objects. 

Furthermore, some solid waste can also have slippery constituents such as grease and oil, these can seep out the containers resulting in falls if you accidentally step on them. Rusted metal objects are also highly dangerous as it can infect open wounds and cause tetanus and can lead to worse infections if left untreated.

Direct Handling of Overflowing Rubbish

The risks of trying to pick up and dispose of overflowing rubbish include chronic diseases, infections, and accidents. If waste gets direct contact with open wounds or causes one, it can result in skin and blood infections. Additionally, bacteria and insects that feed on the waste can also come in contact with your wounds or hands – and touching your mouth with a contaminated hand can result in intestinal infections or oral diseases.

Dealing with the removal of rubbish is more dangerous if you lack the knowledge of proper waste disposal and personal protective equipment. One solution is to call professional rubbish removal services such as Paul’s Rubbish Removal to tend to your garbage. Our staff are equipped with the right tools and are exceptionally trained to handle all sorts of household and commercial rubbish.

It takes a smart choice to effectively get rid of your rubbish as well as the health risks associated with it. Paul’s Rubbish Removal will also give you ideas on how to properly manage your rubbish so that the risks will not resurface after a few days from removing the rubbish.


Health issues that come with improper waste disposal not only affects you but your whole community as well. Collectively, this is a global crisis and should be addressed in the smallest unit – the family. Being wise and practising reduction, reuse, and recycling of resources will go a long way in lessening the pollutants and contaminants that reach your water sources. 

Finally, choosing Paul’s Rubbish Removal will give you the guarantee that your discarded waste will go a long way. Our team is highly committed to diverting as much rubbish from landfills as possible with the help of our vast network of recycling and disposal facilities that are compliant with the NSW EPA standards.

Paul’s is also committed to sharing our knowledge of efficient waste management and effective recycling techniques so you get value for your worth.

We value your health as much as you do, so feel free to set a booking with our friendly staff at 0407 125 125 or email us for inquiries and a free quote.

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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