One of biggest tasks in this country, that is never fully appreciated, is that of waste management. Planning the waste management and recycling for all of the rubbish that is produced. It involves both logistical planning and scientific knowledge & understanding, so as to balance the impact on the environment and the cost effectiveness of the process.
Waste management and recycling companies are consistently under extra pressure to perform their role in the greenest ways possible. Here in the UK, the resources and landfill sites are limited, and as a consequence, this has a major bearing on the kind of activities that are carried out; it is important to remember this.
Waste collection and rubbish disposal play an extremely important role in the global cleanliness and sustainability. We continually need to think about people’s health and the conservation of resources being the responsibility of every government. To ease the pressure on government agencies, numerous privately-managed organisations also play a part in these waste management and recycling programs. It can often be the case that in certain cities, the local government agencies have been left with the responsibility of overseeing the work by these privately held organisations.
Thousands of years ago humans simply dug a hole and buried their refuse and waste. This was an effective technique for these early people because their population was relatively small and they did not produce waste on the same scale or with the levels of complexity that modern humans do. Burying the rubbish helped to prevent bugs and rodents from becoming a nuisance and spreading diseases.
Is Waste Management the only way?
If the world went about just burying all our rubbish we would be faced with a solution that is not a sustainable solution. Generally speaking, a lot of waste is produced but a lot of this is not biodegradable. Additionally, many types of waste may be damaging to the soil, ground water and surrounding habitat.
The most important reason for waste collection is the protection of the environment and the health of the population.
Rubbish and waste can cause air and water pollution. Rotting garbage is also known to produce harmful gases that mix with the air and can cause breathing problems in people. By inspecting the vegetation around landfill sites carefully you can determine the damage that can be caused by garbage and waste if left untreated in the open.
In order to address this problem modern waste management professionals place garbage in lined holes and use bacteria to help facilitate its rapid decomposition. Rotting garbage and waste emanates a foul smell that can cause nausea among people who come into contact with it.
These organisations should make it a priority to secure their landfill sites so that water bodies are not affected by the garbage and waste collected from homes and commercial establishments.
Waste collection companies also sort the garbage into recyclable columns. Recycling not only helps in conserving our natural resources but it also reduces the cost of production for many products. Products such as glass, oil, plastic, paper can all be recycled; this will ultimately put less pressure on the natural resources that are used to manufacture these products.
Waste management and recycling collection can help conserve our planet’s natural beauty which can be flawed by thoughtless disposal of waste, fly-tipping and senseless littering. The beauty of our planet is a legacy and a right for future generations; this and the natural resources should be protected for their benefit.
There are many challenges facing the waste management and recycling industry but there is also a lot of excellent work going on to ensure that our industry is one to be proud of.