1. HOW THE TRASH EFFECT THE WHOLE WORLD
No one wishes garbage hanging around and shaping up our lives. That is the real reason for thrashing it out, it is undesired material and we prefer to get rid of it. Once it is no longer in our immediate vicinity we can reckon that it is taken care of and will not negatively hit us any further. Wrong. Improper disposal of garbage and still some good though inefficient ways of waste management, strikes one of us in much more ways than offensive aromas and unsightly clutter.
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2. ILL EFFECT AND IMPACT OF TRASH
Trash, if not dealt properly and thoroughly, can seep into our water, contaminate our air, and smother our environment. Hundreds of millions of tons of waste are produced each and every year worldwide; if not properly dealt with, it is bound to have an impact on us.
3. DEVELOPED COUNTRY AND TRASH
Lets’ just talk about the only USA,
EPA calculated in 2010 that on average each person in the USA is responsible for roughly 4.3lbs of municipal solid waste (MSW). Altogether the US alone produces 250 million tons annually. Only about 85 million (34.1%) of those tons were reused or composted, 29 million (around 12%) were incinerated for power, and 136 million tons (~54.2%) were placed in landfills. Though the recycling rates have grown significantly since 1980, a severe amount goes into landfills or being incautiously dumped. (Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2010)
4. GREATE PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH
According to National Geographic,
“No one knows how much debris makes up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre is very large for scientists to trawl. To add to that, not all trash floats on the surface. Denser debris can sink centimeters or also to many meters beneath the surface, making the vortex’s area nearly impossible to measure. Around 80% of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia. Trash from the coast of North America requires around six years to reach the Great Pacific Garbage Patch while trashing from Japan and other Asian countries takes near to a year.”
This is an oceanic mess of an unprecedented degree. As the billions of pounds of trash are dispersed over so much of the open ocean, it cannot be dragged in, and because it contains so many types of garbage- including microplastics which got collapsed because of saltwater and sun exposure, some of it cannot even be gathered. And plastic never fully degrades, it just breaks down into a smaller and smaller pieces. As per EPA, each piece of plastic ever made is still in existence.
This waste of our world gathered together in what should be a totally pristine environment. And it strikes everything, including the wildlife of the Pacific Ocean and beyond. As per National Geographic.
5. RISKS TO AEROBIC WORLD
Water is not the only one of our natural resources that suffer from the folly of human: garbage adds tremendously to the air pollution too. Practices such as “backyard burning” (burning trash in open air) creates and discharges many destructive agents into the air such as dioxins, PAHs volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, HCB (hex chlorobenzene) and, for sure, ash. Each of these induces complications for the environment and health. All of these things combined threatens practically every system that exists in our biology, from cell growth to liver functions. To add to that, backyard burning makes particle pollution: microscopic particles (not chemicals) are released into the air and inhaled by living animals causing or exacerbating such conditions as like asthma and bronchitis in humans. Waste, burned or not to adds to global warming by oozing out methane gas.
6. SOIL CONTAMINATION
Soil also suffers greatly from inappropriate disposal. Certain plastics and even paper with ink can infuse the earth with toxins like carcinogens (specifically DEHA from plastic bottles). These types of materials are disposed of without considering: littering is one very common and a difficult issue to stop. After being absorbed by the soil, these contaminants can seep into water sources and spread still further. There are risks to properly placing garbage in a landfill too; if the landfill is not well-constructed and sealed, the chemicals from the trash can escape into the earth and pollute the soil.
7. CAN WE SAVE HUMAN RACE AGAINST THIS VICIOUS EVIL?
It sounds dim, but there are means in which to eliminate MSW in ways that are clean and relatively harmless. It can be even converted to energy by using new technologies such as gasification. Meantime reprocessing, convert to compost, not littering, and taking responsibility for the garbage of ours is vitally significant.