Thrash disposal is one of the most significant aspects of maintaining environmental cleanliness. Proper thrash disposal not only contributes to maintaining a cleaner environment but also plays an important role in public health.
According to a recent survey, everyday an average US citizen throws away 4 pounds of thrash, which makes 216 pounds annually. Thrash disposal has a great impact on the environment and hence it is essential to make sure that the thrash is sent to the proper facilities.
Accumulation of thrash leads to emission of greenhouse gases, chemical effusion and growth of microorganisms, all of which contribute to pollution of the soil and ground water.
In a report by the European Environment Agency, it is stated that proper waste management and garbage disposal can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted daily and also the pollutants that cause air pollution.
Waste management not done in an efficient manner has harmful effects on public health as well. Garbage dumping in landfills and unoccupied lands affect the people living thereabouts. Due to the emission of toxic gases they have high risks of acquiring various forms of cancer and other deadly diseases. These injurious health effects can be prevented through proper waste management strategies.
Energy conserving waste management techniques help to curtail the demand for energy and the energy conserved in these processes can be used for other productive purposes.
Recycling, which is one of the most effective methods of waste management, causes reduction in methane and carbon dioxide emissions. Apart from conserving energy, recycling also helps in conserving resources and in reducing environmental pollution. Recycling paper, plastic, glass and metals like aluminum help in saving money.
Composting, an effective waste disposal technique, uses bio-degradable wastes and involves the breaking down of these wastes into simpler organic compounds that are in turn converted into manure. Wastes such as vegetable peels, twigs and leaves can be used for composting and the resultant manure helps in conserving the money that one spends on fertilizers.
Many organizations and companies have been set up to take care of the proper disposal of garbage and to make sure that they are not dumped in unoccupied lands. In almost all the cities and towns, trash pickup has become common and in some states, recycling pickup is also gaining prominence. Some of these waste management companies are offering eco-friendly waste disposal options which help in contributing to the conservation of the earth. The only hurdle to waste management in the present time of recession is that people are hesitant to pay more to the thrash removing services offered to them.