How Your Waste Disposal Impacts the Planet

Every home has to manage waste disposal, whether it’s weekly trash, boxes or packaging from products, decluttering a home to prepare for a move, commercial litter or construction rubbish. A lot of families use their council provided recycling, generic and green waste bins, as well as waste removal services and centres to dispose their waste. 

No matter why you’re disposing rubbish, there’s no doubt that proper waste management matters. However, many people make a lot of mistakes and dispose of rubbish incorrectly, resulting in detrimental impacts on the environment. To better understand this issue, let’s take a look at how waste disposal impacts the planet. 

Soil contamination

This is the main problem caused by incorrect waste disposal. Some of the waste that ends up in landfills can emit harmful chemicals into the soil. Take plastic bottles, for example. When plastic is broken down, it releases DEHA, which is a carcinogen that can cause all sorts of problems. Firstly, it can prevent plant and vegetation growth. Secondly, it can have a detrimental impact on human reproductive systems, cause liver dysfunction, and more. For this reason, it’s important that every household takes recycling seriously. You should check your local council guidelines for what is acceptable for recycling. But as a general rule, plastics, metals, paper and electronics can be recycled. If you have larger bulky items, it may be worthwhile hiring a professional rubbish removal company to do the work for you. 

Air contamination 

It can be tempting for homeowners to simply dispose of any old household or commercial item without considering how it needs to be disposed. Toxic waste that burnt in landfills can emit gas and chemicals that damage the ozone layer. That’s why waste that contains harmful chemicals, like acid or bleach, should always be dealt with carefully. 

For example, acid should never be flushed down the toilet or on the ground. Instead, it should be properly diluted or even neutralised completely before it can be disregarded. If you aren’t sure how to do this, or don’t want to take on the risk of harming yourself or others, consider involving a rubbish removal expert to do the job for you. 

Water contamination

Water is a fantastic solvent, which means that it can be really helpful in dissolving chemicals. On the negative side of things, this means that water picks up pollution. This can occur when there has been a large amount of rainfall, or simply in waterways like streams, lakes or the ocean. 

Toxic water can harm any marine life that comes into contact with it, as well as destroy natural habits. If that isn’t bad enough, humans can be harmed by eating fish or other marine life that has been in contact with contaminated water.

Impact on wildlife

Just as marine life can be harmed by waste, so can any other kind of animals that feed near contaminated areas or landfills. In fact, items like plastic bags, styrofoam and cigarette butts, that have been carelessly tossed aside, have been known to cause the death of animals that consume them. 

What can we do to fix the problem?

While we’ve covered off on all the negatives of improper waste disposal, it’s important to note that there is something we can do about this. We can be the change! The first step is to realise that we may not be disposing of our rubbish properly. The second step is to manage our household waste in accordance to council guidelines – placing the right items in the right bins. The third step is to reduce our use of items like plastic bags and toxic chemicals, that can have an adverse impact on the environment and our health. 

By taking simple steps to deal with rubbish safely and responsibly, we can do our part in looking after the environment. So, the next time you need to dispose of something, think before you chuck it! By making an informed decision, your household and the environment will be all the better for it. 


By Paul Younan (Rubbish Taxi)

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