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Waste Management – Never Refuse to Reuse

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Waste Management – Never Refuse to Reuse:

Waste management or waste recycling is defined as the actions and practices to control waste. Moreover, this management of waste includes some necessary steps like collection, transport, treatment, and disposal of waste along with observation and regulation of this waste control process.

Sources of Waste:

Waste is of three types; solid, liquid, and gas. Different techniques of disposal and treatment are used for every kind of waste. The primary sources of generation of waste are industries, domestic activities, hospitals, and laboratories. Moreover, open dumping of waste is highly alarming for both the human and the environment.

On the other hand, human activities like raw material extraction and processing lead to waste generation. However, the implementation and adoption of waste control techniques can easily overcome the adverse effects of waste.

Waste Management Practices:

Most developed and developing countries do not have continuous waste management practices. Therefore, they all take different approaches. Although proper waste treatment is essential for sustainable development, it is pretty difficult for developing countries unhappily.

“Effective management of waste is quite expensive. It usually comprises 20%-50% of municipal budgets.”

Waste Hierarchy:

The waste hierarchy represents “3Rs” that are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The main objective of the waste hierarchy is to generate a minimum amount of waste and benefit from a product. Implementation of the waste hierarchy approach gives many benefits like reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants, resource conservation, generation of jobs, and reviving green technologies.

Waste Management; Never Refuse to Reuse
Waste Hierarchy Approach

Disposal Methods:

Landfill Site:  A landfill site is the oldest waste disposal method where the waste material is buried even though waste is a modern method. Historically the trash was merely left in bundles and disposed into ditches or pits. Nowadays, it is still the most common method for waste disposal.

Incineration: This is the disposal method where the waste is exposed to burning to reduce the volume of the trash by converting it into residue and gaseous products. Consequently, this process minimises the magnitude of the waste by 80%-95%.

Recycling: Recycling can be defined as a resource recovery approach representing the collection and reuse of waste materials. This process involves breaking down and reusing materials. It is not only beneficial for the environment but also has a positive impact on the economy.

Tips to Reduce Waste:

Waste Management – Never Refuse to Reuse: According to average, American produces about 4.4 pounds of waste in a day. Similarly, we can also control our waste by implementing and adopting changes that would be eco-friendly.

  • Use reusable grocery bags.
  • Purchase recyclable materials.
  • Compost your food and garden waste.
  • Avoid purchasing food wrapped in plastics.
  • If you have a garden, grow your vegetables and fruits.
  • Please do not waste your food or throw it.
  • Try to repair the item before buying a new one.
  • Say no to plastic straws and cups.
  • Always go for secondhand electronics.
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Tahreem Saim is an Environmental scientist and have worked as a freelance technical writer for the past 4 years. She recently added research to Her skill set, with specific interests in Environmental impact Assessment, Environmental toxicology, Neurology, climate change issues, Ecosystem management, water and industrial pollution to ensure a prosperous population that lives in a healthy environment. Contact her if you would like to discuss her specific experience.

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