Improper waste disposal is a wrong practice that stems from our lack of environmental concern and awareness. People who improperly dump their waste are not cognisant of the effects of rubbish on the environment, and they do not grasp the gravity and scope of environmental degradation. As a result, the consequences of indiscriminate throwing our waste is already upon us. One such effect is climate change.
What is Climate Change?
Climate change is a change in the average temperature and rainfall in an area over a long period of time. It results in global warming and the abnormalities in weather patterns that we experience nowadays. As its name implies, global warming refers to the heating up of the earth’s surface. Global temperatures have been continuously rising over the years. This is the reason behind the rising sea levels as well as the melting of mountain glaciers and ice caps in Antarctica and the Arctic. Global warming is also the reason why we feel hotter today than before.
Climate change also brings about the shifts in normal weather patterns. This includes severe and frequent storms, flooding, wildfires, as well as the extreme heat and drought that we are experiencing throughout the world.
What Causes Climate Change?
The main reason why we’re experiencing climate change is the burning of fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas. This activity releases carbon dioxide and other toxic greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In turn, these greenhouse gases trap the heat of the sun on the earth’s surface, thereby causing the rise in our surface temperature. Other man-made causes of climate change include deforestation, agriculture and farming. Natural causes such as volcanic eruptions and solar output also contribute to climate change.
What does Indiscriminate Waste Disposal have to do with Climate Change?
Some examples of improperly throwing your waste include failing to segregate waste, illegal dumping, littering, and open burning. When you don’t segregate your waste, your organic and biodegradable rubbish will end up in landfills. Consequently, waste decomposition in the landfills produces high levels of methane and carbon dioxide emissions. In 2016-17, Australia has sent at least 6.7 million tonnes of organic waste to landfill. This comprised of food waste, biosolids, garden waste and timber.
The same thing happens when you dump your waste and litter. Organic matter doesn’t get segregated, so greenhouse gases are emitted onto the air during decomposition. Open burning is another waste disposal method that contributes to climate change. Incineration and combustion release carbon dioxide as a by-product into the atmosphere.
What Should You Do?
The best thing you can do to mitigate the effects of climate change is to practice proper waste management. This means that you should properly dispose of your waste by segregation, following the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and by throwing your rubbish in the right bin. As much as possible, reduce the amount of food waste you produce by buying only what you can consume. You can also recycle food items such as stale bread into bread crumbs or croutons or better yet, feed your leftover food to dogs and cats to reduce your organic waste generation.
Sorting your rubbish limits methane production since your organic rubbish won’t get into landfills. Moreover, it also prevents your biodegradable rubbish from contaminating reusable and recyclable junk. As a result, these items can still be a valuable resource that can be used again. Once you’ve segregated your rubbish, compost your organic wastes so that they don’t contribute to global warming. More than that, you’re also keeping your garden soil and plants healthy since compost is a natural fertiliser.
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Kurt has always been on the same page with our clients’ goals to keep this world a better place to live. That’s why we always employ sustainable and eco-friendly practices in our operations. We have expertly trained rubbish removalists who can handle rubbish removal swiftly and sustainably. We will collect, segregate, recycle, and dispose of your waste in a manner that’s safe for the environment.
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