6 Negative Effects of Improper Waste Management
Everyone seems to be aware of the menace and effects of improper waste management, but it is quite unfortunate that not everyone is working towards making our environment a healthy one. Despite all the efforts been made, we are still far away from where we should be when it comes to keeping our planet free from harmful waste.
The negative effects of improper waste management can have a catastrophic impact on the overall economy of a country. The government has to spend a large amount of money to deal with poor waste management. The animals depended on the environment also face life threats due to the soil and water contamination.
Though the advancement of technology invented many modern waste management methods like incineration, recycling, biological processing, and energy conversion; we still live in a world filled with waste and harmful gases. Renewable energy and nuclear power took us to a newer height but on the contrary, the effects of improper waste disposal continue to damage our planet.
Watch the following video to see how a small amount of poorly managed plastic waste can have a very large impact on our ecosystem.
Some negative effects of poor waste management are listed below:
- Soil Contamination
- Water Contamination
- Severe Change in Weather Condition
- Air Pollution
- Harm Towards Animal and Marine Life
- Human Health Disaster
1. Soil Contamination due to Improper Waste Disposal
Plastics, metals, glass, and papers are a big part of our world that we just can’t do without. Although we have been able to keep wastes associated with any of these under control by proper recycling methods. But are these recycling methods effective enough to keep the environment healthy? Of course not!
Just a spill into the soil could cause serious contamination which could further decompose into harmful substances such as DIETHYLHYDROXYLAMINE (DEHA) a harmful substance that accumulates in plants and cause liver and reproductive dysfunction when ingested by animals.
2. Water Contamination due to the Massive Waste Dump in the Water
Water is a universal solvent, it’s get contaminated easily because it can solve both gas, liquid and solid wastes that are harmful. More so, water bodies are usually linked to each other. When rainwater is contaminated, it flows into other water bodies and underground water contaminating them in the process.
3. Severe Weather Conditions due to Climate Change
Climate change and global warming have been a major problem facing the world since the beginning of the twentieth century and this has been a result of improper disposal of waste. If you are not aware of this, then you are not in line with the world.
This poor waste disposal causes severe weather conditions such as heavy storms, typhoons, and irregular climate change. In turn, this affects our general livelihood as humans and also causes different kinds of radioactive pollution.
4. Air Contamination due to Harmful Gases
The atmosphere is the soul of the earth. Getting it polluted with the harmful substances which we often do kills the soul of the earth gradually. This pollution can either be from landfills, burning of gas, or the release of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. These pollutants destroy the ozone layer which protects the earth from excess UV rays and exposes animate things to unfavourable weather conditions.
Poor waste disposal also causes the release of harmful substances such as carbon monoxides which inhibits the function of haemoglobin in the body of a human.
5. Animal and Marine Life Damage
This is one of the major negative effects of improper waste management because it directly affects animals and marine life. People are found of polluting the environment by dumping garbage in unauthorized areas continuously. In turn, this is carried by water into water bodies, blocking channels and hurting aquatic life. Massive consumption of fishing lines, plastic bottles and cigarette butts kill millions of marine lives each year.
6. Human Health Disaster
Improper waste disposal is one of the major public health concern. There are many cities and communities where we do not see any proper waste management system available. Those areas may have some waste disposal facilities, but they do not use any scientific waste management system. People living in those areas are in significant health risks. The most affected people are children, waste disposal workers and employees who come into contact with waste materials.
Poorly managed landfills often cause fires and spread smokes filled with toxins, and other harmful gases. Those harmful gases are the main reason for cancer, respiratory and visibility problems. There are many examples of explosions on landfills; such explosions can put people nearby at constant risk.
Additionally, when people come in contact with waste, it causes blood infections and skin irritation. Also, flies and mosquitoes find tires, cans and other solid waste to be an ideal breeding ground. They carry and spread malaria, dengue and other diseases.
Despite the continuous effort from the world’s environmental organizations, world leaders and the United Nation, we continue to plague our planet with improper waste mismanagement and giving very little importance to the environmental effects resulting in severe climate change and global warming. There is no escape from it, we all must admit it and work together for the betterment of our environment. Or we must face the wrath of nature and the consequences of damaging the ecosystem of our planet.
Waste Management is our responsibility therefore we should all play our role to keep our environment and planet sustain a little longer as we all benefit from it as long as life continues to inhabits the planet earth. Education, awareness, and effective measures must be taken irrespective of their social-economic condition.