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How the Local Economy is Affected by Improper Waste Disposal

Improper waste management is a global problem that brings about adverse effects on the environment and on human health. However, the consequences of improper waste management are more far-reaching than we can perceive. More than the direct effects on our environment, improper waste disposal also affects our economy, both on the local and national level. 

What is Improper Waste Disposal?

Simply put, improper waste disposal is the unsustainable practice of discarding waste in a manner that’s harmful to the environment. Some improper waste management practices include littering, illegal dumping of hazardous waste, and failing to segregate and recycle. 

How Does Improper Waste Management Affect the Local Economy?

The economic impacts of improper waste disposal on the local level is the same as the effects on the national level. The only difference is the scope and that the local economy consequently affects the national economy. 

Loss of Valuable Natural Resources

Plastic, metals, bottles, and paper are valuable rubbish that you can use over and over again. These items are recyclable, so they can be reprocessed into raw materials for the production of new products. However, if you don’t dispose of them properly, they will be contaminated by organic and hazardous waste, deeming them unfit for recycling. As a result, manufacturers would have to rely on virgin materials for production, thereby depleting our natural resources.

Lost Money From Recycling

There is money in waste. You can send your recyclable rubbish to junk shops in exchange for money. Moreover, recycling opens up employment opportunities in recycling centres for many people. So, if you don’t segregate and recycle, the recycling industry will collapse, thereby affecting the local economy negatively.  

A Drop in Tourism Revenues

Improperly discarded rubbish is an eyesore anywhere. It can immediately corrupt the beauty and appeal of an area. Thus, if famous tourist spots in the locality are littered and covered in rubbish, they will entice fewer visitors and tourists to visit the place. As a result, there will be a drop in the local revenues from the tourism industry. 

Money Spent to Solve Environmental and Health Problems

Improper waste disposal causes environmental and human health issues. In turn, these issues also cause economic problems since the local government will then have to allocate a significant amount of money to solve these challenges. If there has been an epidemic because of disease-causing pests in litter, the administration will spend money to find a cure or to pay public hospital bills. Likewise, beach cleanup activities also require funding. These financial resources would have gone to other productive projects if only we practise proper waste disposal.

Negative Effects On Agriculture

Pests feed on and take advantage of improperly discarded rubbish. These opportunist creatures can find their way into agricultural lands and destroy crops and other plants. This disastrous event in the agricultural sector will also have negative repercussions on our local economy.

What You Can Do To Help The Local Economy?

If we don’t manage our rubbish as early as now, we will waste more of our economic resources. On top of that, we will also suffer the environmental and health consequences of improper waste disposal. Thus, it is only timely and necessary that we change our ways and practice proper waste disposal. Here are some ways on how you can properly discard your rubbish.

  • Don’t litter. Always look for trash bins in the area. If there is none, keep your rubbish first and then throw them when you find one.
  • Segregate. Practice waste segregation diligently. Always separate organic waste from recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish.
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Keep in mind these three tenets of waste disposal. Be a smart consumer and buy only the things you need. Moreover, reuse and recycle as much as you can. 
  • Compost. Compost your food waste and other organic waste in your yard and turn them into a natural fertiliser for your garden plants. 

Kurt’s Rubbish Removal offers reliable household rubbish removal services in the Sydney region. We practice sustainable methods in dealing with rubbish without compromising the efficiency of our services. Let our team do the dirty work of collecting, segregating, transporting, recycling, and disposing of your rubbish for you. Call us anytime at 0428 255 438 for same-day rubbish removal. You can also email us to book, enquire, or get a free quote.


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