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Solid Waste and its impact on Health

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Industrialization, modernization and progress – we are all quite proud of it. But all of these did take a toll on the health of our planet. Booming population and increasing demand for food and resources has led to the rise in the amount of waste being generated almost every year. When junk removal or management is improperly done, it can lead to health problems while also adversely impacting the surrounding environment. Here are some impacts of solid waste that you need to know:

Organic WasteSolid Waste

Organic domestic waste, when not disposed of properly, can pose a threat because they ferment and create conditions that are favorable for the growth and survival of microbial pathogens. Dealing with such solid waste directly can result in various types of chronic diseases and infections. Adopting improper waste removal measures also make waste workers most vulnerable.

Pollutants

Exposure to pollutants and hazardous waste can create health problems, especially amongst children. Similarly, chemical exposure due to the release of chemical waste being released to the environment results in chemical poisoning and health hazards. Several studies are also being conducted that proves the relation between hazardous waste and health.

Agricultural and industrial waste

Agricultural and industrial waste can also instigate health problems. Some instances include the disposal of industrial hazardous waste such as municipal waste that includes chemical and radioactive junk. Even worse, presence of solid waste obstructing free flow of water can formulate stagnant water that can be a breeding ground for several diseases. Direct disposal of waste on or near a water source is dangerous, as it can result in the accumulation of toxic substances in the food chain.

Medical Waste

Removal and dumping of hospital waste and medical waste require special attention as well. Waste generated from hospitals, medical research centers and laboratories include syringes, plasters, bandages, swabs and other waste that are often disposed and mixed with non-infectious waste.

Disposal Sites

Yes, disposal sites and waste treatment zones aren’t always considered safe. For instance, improperly managed landfills can attract any type of rodents and insects that can spread diseases. This is why these sites are placed at a safe distance away from towns and cities. Landfill zones should also be walled properly to make sure there’s no leakage to a nearby water source.

Plastics:

Improper use and unsafe disposal of plastics has become a major problem in the recent years. Colored plastics, in particular has become a threat to human health, since its pigment comprises heavy metals that are very toxic. Realizing this, certain countries have already banned the use of plastic and have embraced recycling of plastic materials to reduce waste.

Deposit of waste materials are to be done meticulously and they are well handled by junk removal professionals. Every individual must take the responsibility of saving the planet by implementing safe measures in junk removal and management.