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Things You Don't Want to Hear About Hazardous Waste Management

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Hazardous waste is a self-destructive element that humans bring upon themselves by its improper management. Improper hazardous waste management causes damage to the environment and all living beings. The impact of damage from hazardous waste can be seen in both the short and long term. So, its proper management is essential to preserve every aspect of the living form and climate of the planet. Before understanding the harmful effects of improper management of hazardous waste we should understand what Hazardous waste is. Any waste having characteristics such as physical, chemical, biological, reactive, toxic, flammable, corrosive or explosive, can dangerously affect the environment or health. It can be household garbage like cleaning solutions, batteries, non-biodegradable plastics to chemical waste and materials left over from manufacturing. The government have legislated rules regarding the proper management of hazardous waste and has done every effort possible to spread awareness regarding hazardous waste management. We might have come a long way towards efficient management of hazardous waste but it is not enough to save the environment from being polluted by improper waste management. We might not see it, but it is definitely causing pollution and damage to the extent that if adequate steps are not taken in the present times, it would become inevitable to deal with. Hazardous waste has been causing damage to the environment by way of

Soil Contamination:

Ideally, we need our waste to end up in a recycling facility but the reality is a bit different and we contaminate our soil by spilling and burying waste in the soil which leads to soil pollution, directly or indirectly affecting the environment. Soil contamination already is one of the concerns for a better tomorrow and hazardous waste piling on such contamination could make it invincible if not taken with proper caution regarding hazardous waste management. Hazardous waste littered on the ground mixes up with soil and leads to soil pollution. Even green lands are nowadays seen littered with garbage which should be an alarm to understand the effects of hazardous waste.

Water Pollution:

Water pollution is the main danger in the short term as water being an excellent solvent may contain numerous chemicals, moving through water can pick up pollution along the way or chemicals that get poured into our waterways makes rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and aquifers inadequate to be used for agricultural purposes or even drinking. Rainfall when mixed with toxic liquid substance and seep into water stream ending up in nearby water bodies contribute to water pollution. Such water would make the plants and animals sicken and die, they are drinking or using that polluted water. Humans in downstream areas would also be affected by such pollution. Water is life, without water life isn’t possible. And without proper management of hazardous waste, we are contributing to water pollution.

Global Warming:

Hazardous waste leads to the pollution of air which causes the depletion of the ozone layer. When we talk about the ozone layer, it makes us feel hopeless for being unable to make changes to protect it from being depleted. Global warming is a precedent future of human life keeping in regard to human activities and this practise of hazardous waste adds to such activities. Global warming is certain if humans did not stop themselves from littering garbage. Primary Business and secondary waste treatment plants help in the mitigation of pollution as emissions are poured into the air every single day. This process destroys the ozone, and as a result, Earth is warmed allowing the Hazardous waste to harm the environment by wrecking more fragile ecosystems and causing much more damage.

Human health:

Bodily fluid is another hazardous waste that gets improper management and because of this, it is now a reason to worry about the spreading of human diseases. Chemical combinations, like mercury and lead, pose risks to humans, especially in developing children as they accumulate in tissues and can cause cancer, seizures or death. Fires in landfills affect us a lot. Be it from the air or its accumulation in the cellars, these gases from landfills are exposed for causing deadly diseases like cancer, and respiratory and visibility problems. Hazardous waste contributes in many ways which are disastrous for the health of humans and the environment as well.

Another reason to worry about is the long-term effects of hazardous waste management which includes signs of mutation in animals, garbage in our waterways and green space, natural resources being destructed, spread of dangerous diseases and cancer in humans. Not only humans but insects are being affected by improper management of hazardous waste. Insects like bees play a crucial role in the ecosystem helping with the fertility of plants. But are becoming a victim of human pollution and are dying off faster than they can repopulate.

Moreover, if we come in contact with any such waste, it would cause skin irritation or blood infection. Flies after breeding on solid waste become carriers of illness. The abundance of disease-carrying pests makes it difficult for waste management facilities to be vigilant. Rats are one of the biggest problems for the facilities like these as well as humans because rats prey on such waste and carry infections to humans like Hantavirus.      

Marine Life:

Strict measures have been implemented to prohibit improper management of hazardous waste but instead, the dumping of garbage, raw or untreated sewage continues, making it hard for the animals and marine life coming in contact with it, impacting their life in the worst ways. Marine life such as coral and fish are in danger with the inevitable formation of algal bloom and contamination of clusters. Every species is important for the ecosystem but activities like improper waste management cause a lot of damage to the ecosystem in many ways and affecting marine life is one of the damage hazardous waste does, which should be a concern.

Climate change:

While decomposing waste, harmful greenhouse gases are created which rise up to the atmosphere and trap heat causing extreme weather reactions such as storms and typhoons. Moreover, it also affects precipitation levels in the air, acid rain, global warming or severe hail storms. Not instantly but with slow progress, hazardous waste would be impacting the climate negatively. It is rightly said, “Don’t play with Mother Earth because you won’t be able to handle the consequences if it started playing with you”. It is about time we understand the saying and take hazardous waste seriously or else we soon will be regretting the time we did nothing to prevent such harm.

For the purpose of hazardous waste management, recycling is the key. All hazardous waste must be recycled before it starts polluting the environment. Countries did put their concerns in the effective management of hazardous waste and in lieu of that recycling facilities were made and the government implemented rules regarding hazardous waste management. But we have to implement such waste management as our responsibility as we are the ones to benefit from it or suffer from it. Everyone on this planet must serve for the preservation of this planet as long as life inhabits on it, irrespective of their social or economic condition everyone should be educated about this waste management.

This portion of the site is for informational purposes only. The content is not legal advice. The statements and opinions are the expression of author, not corpseed, and have not been evaluated by corpseed for accuracy, completeness, or changes in the law.


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