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Effects of Improper Solid Waste Disposal

Over time pollution has grown to become a very concerning and controversial issue worldwide especially since it poses serious threat to the public and to the environment. Extensive research and studies conducted have since been able to identify improper solid waste disposal as one of the main causes of pollution.

How Solid Waste Can Be Destructive

This unfortunate revelation has lead authorities to plead with the public to exercise safe disposal practices as well as to impose heavy penalties to violators as failure to do so can be very detrimental to the population and the planet collectively.

Water, air and soil pollution all occur when they become contaminated with hazardous materials that impede natural renewal processes, harms wildlife and contributes to a possibility of a widespread, greenhouse, gas, effect. Pollution can occur in many forms however by practicing recycling, energy conservation and proper waste disposal pollution can be significantly controlled or even eliminated.

When water is contaminated with foreign substances, like chemicals, medical waste or fertilizers its chemical composition is altered making it harmful to use. By discarding these hazardous materials in toilets or drains it is highly likely that this can lead to the interference of waste treatment processes and cause effluents that run into the ocean to be polluted resulting in harm to marine life. So again proper disposal of waste and waste products should be strictly emphasized to ensure safety.

Soil contamination occurs if hazardous chemicals come into contact with the soil. These chemicals are later absorbed by plants which further transmit these substances to other organisms that utilize these products,some of which include humans. Industrial waste is a common pollutant of soil and comprises of chemicals and solid waste.

These pollutants that penetrate the soil chemically alter it so that it doesn’t support the growth of vegetation. The vegetation that does grow is often marred by the presence of destructive chemicals and is especially harmful when consumed by organisms. The effect of this practice is very dangerous and poses serious health risks to those use these contaminated products.

Air pollution is another very serious and dangerous form of pollution. This is mainly because the effects are widespread and can affect more than just a community but a whole population. Built up waste creates soot and smog in the atmosphere and results in poor air quality, reduced oxygen levels for plants and vegetation and increased rates in respiratory diseases.

In addition, the exposure of gases such as carbon monoxide and methane to the air contribute to the creation of the greenhouse gas effect which has a pretty negative impact of the earth. Here the natural blanket that protects the earth and filters safe warmth to its surface is obstructed by the accumulation of these gases. This accumulation makes it difficult for heat and light to reflect back into space and results in heating that is not suitable for many ecosystems.

So given all the negative effects that have been highlighted from the causes of pollution. Persons should be particularly careful to promote and exercise all the necessary practices to eliminate any form of pollution. This effort is expanding more and more to encourage young and old alike to take care of their environment for the benefit of the earth and all its inhabitants.Contact us at Junk King Marin and learn more on how you can contribute positively to the environment.

Tips For E-Waste Disposal!

One of the most common things that consumers can do is replace their old, outdated electronics. The question then becomes, where do all of these obsolete cell phones, computers and tablets finally end up? In light of the fact that about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have smartphones, and that they “upgrade” their smartphones with newer models about every 18 months, there’s a big push right now for safe e-waste disposal.

E-waste Disposal Tips Everyone Can Use 

Up to this point the emphasis has mainly been on personal consumer electronics. Obviously, though, businesses across the country are a huge contributor of electronic waste. What’s shocking is that so few recycle these products as they should.

  • Really Understand the Problem

The Environmental Protection Agency ran a study in 2009 that showed only a minority of businesses in the U.S. recycled their computers, printers and televisions once those products had reached the end-of-life management phase.

The reason that’s shocking is that e-waste itself constitutes a slim 2 percent of all waste at landfills, yet e-waste scores big when it comes to overall toxic waste at landfills.

By some estimates e-waste is responsible for almost three-fourths (70%) of electronic waste that now clogs up landfills. Up to 50 metric tons of potentially toxic e-waste is recycled or eliminated globally every single year. The arresting thing: Not all e-waste is actually waste…or should be wasted.

(Just over 10 percent (12.5%) of total e-waste is currently recycled responsibly.)

  • Recycle Your Old Electronics

It used to be that pioneers would refer to oil shooting up from the ground as “black gold.” As it turns out, that’s perhaps what your Blackberry might also be called since American smartphones that are unceremoniously retired every year contain, collectively, over $50 million in gold and silver.

Aside from the toxicity issues mentioned above, used electronics are typically better off recycled since the parts are valuable in themselves, sometimes both valuable and finite (e.g., gold and silver), and can be used in the service of creating tomorrow’s smartphones.

Major electronics manufacturers like Apple have recycling programs that allow you to print a prepaid mailing label online, mail in your old phone, and do the responsible thing. Two EPA-backed e-waste disposal and recycling resources to check out would also be e-Stewards and R2 (i.e., responsible recycling).

  • Consider Your Own Habits

The sustainability program at Harvard University took a long, hard look at ways people could go about lowering their lifetime e-waste and reducing their carbon footprint in the process. A few of the things that they came up with might surprise you.

The average American has about two dozen electronic devices, according to findings the EPA made back in 2009. A lot of those have been (or are) prime candidates for retirement. Should all of these devices really be put to pasture, though?

Maybe not. You can try upgrading the memory, hard drive or operating system of your current device, purchasing environmentally conscious devices and devices that serve multiple functions, and protect the devices you already have (e.g., with better cases and not overcharging the battery).

  • Donate Your Electronics to a Worthy Cause

E-waste disposal doesn’t have to be icky – there are charities out there right now that would be elated to get your no-longer-needed electronics. Never hesitate to contact Junk King Marin for eco-friendly waste disposal. Contact us for more information.