“Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest.”
– Bea Johnson
“waste” is everything that no longer has a use or purpose and needs to be disposed of, right? Right. The term certainly applies to discarded.
Waste management is the collection, transport, processing, recycling and/or disposal of waste materials produced by human activity. from here i would like to start my essay on the topic “waste in my community, nowadays, we can see waste material as more than human or any other organisms, why? that is because we are not properly concerned about our well being and environment which will lead to a heavy down pour. but the question arises is how does waste affect a community?
and the answer to it is that Some waste will eventually rot, but not all, and in the process it may smell, or generate methane gas, which is explosive and contributes to the greenhouse effect. Leachate produced as waste decomposes may cause pollution. Badly-managed landfill sites may attract vermin or cause litter. Within waste lies opportunity. One quarter of the world’s population live without having their garbage picked up. Usually residential waste is handled by the local government and commercial or industrial waste is the responsibility of the creator of that waste. Incinerating waste also causes problems, because plastics tend to produce toxic substances, such as dioxins, when they are burnt. Gases from incineration may cause air pollution and contribute to acid rain, while the ash from incinerators may contain heavy metals and other toxins.
the question arises, Why waste management is important?
so, its important because:-Some waste is hazardous and may cause harm to the environment. it includes plants, animals and habitats. Reduces production costs An incredible benefit of waste management is it can cut overall production costs in the long run. Recycling helps to conserve natural resources such as glass, plastic, paper and oil waste management can be profitable Recycling and waste management can lead to bigger profits for companies – especially in the food industry. Simply by planning and portioning ingredients, as well as keeping an efficient supply chain, companies such as restaurants, supermarkets and food factories can boost profits by as much as 10%. This also applies to other industries such as construction – where tightening up stock control can save on waste and increase profits. Boost company reputation Efficient waste management and recycling can boost your reputation in industry. Potential and existing customers will see you as a responsible and sustainable company that cares about the environment, the future and the population. Reduces production costs An incredible benefit of waste management is it can cut overall production costs in the long run. Recycling helps to conserve natural resources such as glass, plastic, paper and oil. Reusing these materials will place less strain on our natural resources and lower the cost of production. Increases safety in the workplace and community Waste materials can be harmful to your workers, as well as the surrounding environment. It can save your employees and visitors from illness and accidents at work.
now, its time for what the actions a community should take against waste := Communities, and community organizations, are in a perfect position to make a major impact on the amount of waste that is generated in their societies. The collective voices of your group can persuade government officials to notice the problem, and can influence industry to be more mindful of its responsibilities. Following are a few more ideas to consider when drawing up your own action plan:
. Coordinate activities with other organizations. Work with international organizations and existing international networks to develop a permanent inventory of accidents, transportation routes and potential problems related to hazardous and nuclear waste including location, dates, perpetrators, solutions and outcomes.
Pursue partnership with government. Work with local government to encourage evaluations and environmental impact studies prior to the implementation of any activity that generates waste of any kind. You also could encourage local, regional and national governments to establish legal, financial and monitoring mechanisms that guarantee the strict prohibition of imports or exports of wastes. Also, work with your local government to promote the separation of waste in the home in order to maximize the possibilities of recycling. Encourage your local and national governments to create comprehensive and effective waste management policies and regulations for your community and the country at large, in accordance with the highest international environmental and health standards.
Be a watchdog. Alert your local environmental protection agency to incidents of environmental abuse. You may see a truck dumping garbage illegally into a ditch beside the road. Record its license plate number and report it to the local authorities. Find out if there are harmful substances at production sites in your locality. If there are, join with local community members to ask the companies to reduce their use of toxic chemicals and waste production.
Notify the media of stories of environmental importance. Develop a rapport with journalists in your area, and let them know of any and all issues you know of concerning abuse of waste.
here, its all about waste, now its time for how it can be prevented, so. lets start, So many decisions we make in our everyday lives have a major impact on the planet.
1. Use a reusable bottle/cup for beverages on-the-go
You might already have a reusable water bottle, but do you use it all the time? You can put that reusable bottle to use, save money, and reduce waste. By taking your own water with you, you’ll also reduce your chances of purchasing more expensive beverages on-the-go. This will eliminate the one-time use containers they come in. While most cans and bottles can be recycled, they require a lot of energy to be produced, shipped to the bottling facility and then to the store for purchase.
2. Avoid single-use food and drink containers and utensils
Whenever possible, try to avoid single-use coffee cups, disposable utensils, straws and napkins. Some businesses will even give you a discount on your coffee for bringing your own mug. Keep a set of silverware at work along with a plate, bowl and cup that you can wash and reuse. Skip the plastic straw altogether or buy reusable metal ones instead. Remember a lot of these items are made from plastic, had to be delivered by a truck, and will end up in a landfill once we have used them one time. Anything we can do to reduce our use of these products adds up to make a big impact.
3. Curb your use of paper: mail, receipts, magazines
In today’s digital world, most companies offer bills by email, and some even offer incentives to do so. More stores are offering e-receipts, too, which are great because they’re harder to lose if you need to make a return. Consider digital subscriptions for your favorite magazines that you can read on your tablet or computer. Digital subscriptions are often a little cheaper than the hard-copy version, as well.
4.Purchase wisely and recycle;- You can reduce the amount of waste you produce by purchasing products that come with less packaging and/or come in packaging that can be recycled. Not all plastics are recyclable in Delaware, so check labels before your buy.
5.Buy secondhand items and donate used goods
Before you go buy something new, consider buying it used which can also save you lots of money. That can mean buying secondhand clothes at Goodwill, used furniture and repurposed construction materials at Habitat for Humanity’s restore, or searching Craigslist for a deal on a bicycle. By purchasing secondhand items you’ll be supporting local charities in addition to saving items from ending up in the dump. these are some ways which may be useful in waste management.
now, lets see what are the benefits of waste management,:= 1.
Developing regions are vulnerable to typhoons , flooding. Improving waste management systems decreases the risk of infectious diseases spreading, reduces livestock and fish stock contamination and decreases respiratory illnesses caused from burning trash. Proper waste management enhances public health conditions through improved sanitation, reduced waste burning and removing breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
The informal waste economy employs up to 1% of the urban population in developing regions. Increasing waste management activities in larger cities has the potential to increase up to 76,000 jobs over 10 years in focal counties.
Poor waste management has disastrous economic loss. Ocean plastic is causing an estimated 1.3 billion economic loss to the tourism, fishing and shipping in Asia-Pacific alone. Investing in better waste management ensures the survival of these industries and also expansion of jobs in the waste sector.
these are some beneficial effects of waste management.
now, i would like to end my essay by these lines,
“With a little more tweaking, we could make orange juice in the orange without any packaging or processing.”