Improper waste disposal can be hazardous not only to the environment but to our health and wellbeing as well. Waste disposal and waste management importance has grown as many countries face the risk of running out of landfill space, which is in itself not a good option for the environment. Effective and sustainable waste disposal and management are of great importance in today’s world as we become more conscious of the impact, we as humans have on the planet.
Proper waste management can be something as simple as ensuring that your household is mindful of your waste disposal and ensuring that everyone is responsible in putting waste in the correct bin and not littering. We can also take steps to reduce the amount of single-use plastics and packaging we consume.
Protect people from hazardous/toxic waste
Hazardous wastes are a huge problem as they can contribute towards harming the ozone layer, while releasing toxins and pollutants into our air, soil and water. If not disposed properly the can cause irreversible harm to the environment and our natural resources, including plants, animals and habitats which in turn will lead to the deaths of living things. It is detrimental to human health as well.
Minimize environmental pollution
Depending on the type of waste you are disposing of, there are correct procedures and disposal methods to follow. Especially if you are a business that generates a substantial amount of waste it is imperative that you have an effective waste management system, that includes reusing and recycling whenever possible.
Avoiding legal issues
Both businesses and private homes are responsible towards ensuring their waste disposal is done according to stipulated regulations. If not, you are likely to face legal issues such as local authorities and the community claiming negligence which could lead to costly legal battles. If you are a business, you further run the risk of having your organization licensing revoked. Make sure your business covers the initiatives stipulated in the 2008 Climate Change Act which targets the reduction of CO2 emissions.
You can actually earn money or reduce the amount you spend on your waste disposal by opting for recycling. A well planned and executed recycling program has proved to generate massive savings per employee per year, saving not only the planet but money for your business as well.
Further, you will find that you will attract motivated recruits, as employees are more conscious of their impact on the planet and appreciate working for a company that is focused on being green and sustainable. Consumers too appreciate a business going green.
Helps you go green
Earth’s greenhouse gas is a pertinent issue as it traps heat in the atmosphere and causes the planet to warm significantly. Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapour all add to greenhouse effect. As a company you can take measures to become green such as investing in renewable energy, using green appliances, purchasing carbon offsets and adhering to the three Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle. Always opt for reducing and reusing first and if absolutely impossible at times do so, have an effective recycling program to reduce your business contribution to landfills. Today’s consumers appreciate a business making the effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
Hiring a waste removal/disposal service
Hiring licensed waste services is a smart way to experience efficient waste removal. When you hire professional collection transport, you can be assured that your waste will be disposed of in the correct manner according to regulations, with suitable items taken for recycling with only the bare minimum of your waste material going to landfills.
The effects of waste that is not disposed of correctly is devastating and as responsible citizens of this planet the importance of waste management cannot be stressed enough. Whether individually or as a business or a community as a whole, we all need to take steps now to make a positive difference to our world.