According to the research done by MRA Consulting Group in 2016, Australia which has a population of 24 million people produces an average waste of 50 million tons per year. As the population increased by 28% in between 1996-2015, waste increased by 170%. This should simply tell you that as urbanization level is growing, the amount of waste is increasing. But what are you doing in order to reduce the waste levels? What really is a waste?
What are Wastes?
This refers to anything that you have decided or you are required to give or throw away. As long as you don’t need it as the owner it becomes a waste automatically. Either you or your friends may be victims of increasing waste into the environment and you should not keep quiet and watch.
You have a role to play in managing waste. You need to ask yourself where the wastes you throw into your dustbin go anyway. That’s why you need to know the importance of waste management so that you are releasing only the needed waste.
Why Waste Management
If you are environment conscious, managing wastes around you should not be a big problem. Basically different types of wastes determine the disposal method. So as you can effectively reduce waste, there is need of using reusing, recycling and general reduction of waste.
The main goal of managing waste is to reduce pollution that is an ever growing problem in the world today. In addition, you need waste management so as:
- To increase the general hygiene of your environment
- To ensure the health of your family and friends is maintained
- To conserve the resources
- To prevent release of harmful gases that usually mix with air causing breathing problems
- To prevent waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid and abdominal pains in your area
You are thinking of things like burying the wastes. Well. In the past, wastes could be buried because they could easily decompose however in our modern world, things like plastics, glasses, and polyethylene bags will never decompose.
In this case, you adopt recycling which helps in conserving your natural resources and also reduce various costs of production. If you are not recycling you should then be reused to avoid environmental pollution.
Who is Responsible for Managing Waste?
It is essential to understand that, you and everyone else produce wastes and responsibility of managing it falls on the shoulders of all. It is not only a responsibility of that garbage collector but also yours.
However, the law places a huge burden on the producer. Who is a producer you?
- This is the person who caused the substance to be a waste for example by the one who broke a glass.
- This is a person who decided to make the substance a waste. For example, if you decide you no longer need it.
To sum up it all, you are supposed to know that you are at the core of this waste management process. You should make use of recycling, reuse if possible and try your best to reduce releasing wastes.