Waste disposal is among the most serious problems facing our world today. With increased population, the amount of waste generated in our homes, schools, industries, health centres, offices and many other places have become so much that it is becoming a threat to the environment. Most people’s waste, especially in large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, or Canberra, end up in a landfill. This poses hazards to both human beings, animals and the environment at large.
The amount of waste that ends up in the large water bodies is too alarming, and it is causing death to many marine lives. The level of toxicity in the soil and underground water has also increased, as the ozone layer is slowly destroyed. Additionally, poor waste disposal has led to serious health issues to people living near the landfills.
In an attempt to save mankind from destroying themselves, a number of Australians are championing for so-called “conscious” waste disposal. Conscious waste is not an attempt to live a perfect life, with zero waste generated, but it is becoming more conscious about our consumption habits, the amount of waste generated and responsible disposal methods.
Conscious disposal is not zero waste. Zero waste encourages people to ensure they generate zero waste in their homes and offices, which is quite difficult. It gives the notion of a perfect life with no amount of waste generated, which is unrealistic to the average person.
However, conscious disposal is a habit that can be adopted by people on all social status and together save the environment. To help you live a conscious disposal life, below are a few tips:
- Review your disposal strategy
Instead of putting all your waste in the garbage bin, determine if there are some of the items that can be reused. Reusing extends the item’s useful life in its present form, making you buy less of that item.
So instead of putting your electronic gadgets, surplus building materials, office supplies or any other reusable products that you no longer use and are still functioning well out for disposal, consider donating them to charity, giving them to friends and family members that could need them, or selling them through a garage sale or online.
If you are not able to reuse the products through any of the above methods, then contact your local area administration on the best disposal methods available.
- Move from non-degradable waste to bio-degradable
In the olden days, waste comprised of materials that decomposed away naturally. However, after urbanization and industrialization, waste management gradually started to become problematic to society.
Adopting conscious waste disposal means, therefore, becoming conscious of the items you use. It means using items that are bio-degradable and natural decompose when their usefulness ends. It is reflecting before buying anything, about the impact of the product you want to buy, how it is made and what will happen at the end of its useful life.
One of the best practices in conscious disposal is to recycle as much as you can. This reduces the amount of waste that ends up in the garbage bin, and finally in a landfill. At home, you can recycle glass containers, plastics bags, metal objects among many other things. However, there are a number of waste that cannot be recycled and need special disposal treatment for safety reasons. Some of these items include:
- Medical waste
- Electronic appliances such as televisions, computers, mobile phones etc.
- House appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, ovens etc.
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Toxic waste such as paints, solvents aerosols and pesticides
- Construction and demolition waste
Having a conscious disposal habit calls for proper disposal of the above items. Some of these items, when disposed of properly can be recycled by manufacturers. Therefore, rather than putting them in a garbage bin, consider calling a local rubbish removal company or contacting your local area administration for guidance on how to dispose of them.
Conscious waste calls us to reduce the amount of waste we generate at home and at work. Reducing waste will not only be cheaper for you, but it will also help you save the environment.
If you are having trouble with disposing of your waste in an environmentally friendly manner, then contact us at Junk King. We are an eco-friendly junk removal company, with many years of experience in this industry and a group of dedicated staff that are passionate about what they do. Call us today to know more about our services at 1-888-888.