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Beware of the Harmful Effects of Improper Waste Disposal

5/11/19

Over time, environmental degradation due to improper waste disposal has become a serious topic of concern. Its far-reaching and harmful effects continue to plague the environment and communities despite the accessibility of landfills, biological processing, incineration, and other waste management solutions. The problem stems from the inappropriate application of these methods. 

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The Impact of Improper Waste Disposal

The accumulation of waste is not the only catastrophic effect of improper disposal. Here are six consequences of poor waste management.

  1. Air Pollution

Once accumulated waste festers, it releases smog, soot, and other pollutants into the atmosphere. As a result, the quality of air is compromised. Here’s how air pollution affects you:

• It reduces oxygen levels.

• It raises the rate of respiratory diseases.

• It increases the amount of carbon dioxide, methane, and greenhouse gases, accelerating global warming.

  1. Soil Contamination

This occurs when hazardous wastes are disposed of in or on top of the soil. Here’s how soil contamination affects the environment:

• Chemical spills will seep deep into the soil, affecting its fertility and accumulating in the ground. Most find their way to aquifers, the layer of permeable rocks which hold or transmit groundwater. Aquifers store around 97% of the world’s fresh water.

• Chemical spills can also seep into nearby bodies of water, threatening their ecosystems and anyone else that depends on their purity.

• The plants on contaminated soil absorb the hazardous substances, endangering the humans and animals that may ingest them.

• Depending on the chemicals involved, the contaminated soil may negatively affect humans and animals via inhalation of its dust or upon direct contact.

Unless environmental contractors are involved, it can be challenging to pinpoint the extent of soil contamination.

  1. Water Contamination

Hazardous chemicals spread fast in water due to its liquid state. Here are some of the ways water contamination occurs:

• When solid and liquid wastes are disposed of in bodies of water

• When rainfall mixes with toxic chemicals, affecting ponds, lakes, dams, fountains, and all the other accumulations of water it touches

• When hazardous substances seep deep into the soil, polluting groundwater

• When people use destructive, chemical-based fishing practices

Water contamination threatens everything that relies on the affected body of water. 

  1. Destruction of Ecosystems

Poor waste management feeds a vicious cycle of marine death and destruction.

• Sewage is dumped into bodies of water.

• It contaminates everything that comes into contact with it.

• It generates unhealthy levels of algae which can suffocate fishes and corrals.

• It kills fishes and other marine animals. Since predators do not kill them for consumption, their carcasses will float to the surface.

• The mosquitoes and other scavengers that will feed on the carcasses can obtain diseases from their meals, gaining the ability to spread sickness to the general population.

Marine ecosystems are not the only ones affected by improper waste management. Due to soil contamination, plants will either thrive with toxic chemicals or not grow at all. If it’s the former, animals that ingest them can get sick. If it’s the latter, animals will not have anything to eat. 

  1. Spread of Disease

Here are some of the health risks and conditions that commercial waste services can help you avoid.

• Compromised immune system

• Skin and parasitic infections

• Chronic and viral diseases (e.g., dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, etc.) caused by exposure to festering waste

• The prevalence of disease-carrying mosquitoes and pests

• Health hazards related to radiation, polluted water, contaminated soil, and improper disposal of medical equipment

  1. Climate Contamination

Decomposing waste produces harmful greenhouse gases which affect the atmosphere’s ability to process heat. This leads to:

• Global warming

• The increase of extreme weather reactions (e.g., storms, acid rains, hail storms, hurricanes, etc.)

• A drastic change in the precipitation level of the air

• Heightened radioactive and thermal pollution

Rely on AB Environmental for Expert Waste Management

The proper way to dispose of waste materials depends on their kind. Use the wrong method and you can seriously harm not only the environment but also those directly involved in the removal process. This won’t be a problem with AB Environmental.

AB Environmental has been providing industrial and commercial waste management solutions since 1980. In addition to proper waste disposal, we also offer:

  • 24-hour emergency spill response
  • High-pressure cleaning solutions
  • Drilling and geoprobe solutions
  • Vacuum and guzzler services
  • And more

Leave waste disposal to professionals. Call AB Environmental today at 631-567-6545 for thorough and hazard-free waste management.