It is a common observation that these days things are built to be disposable. It is inherent that they are not to last and will be replaced with their new iteration, often with incremental changes and efficiency. The question here is what happens to the things we term “trash” or “junk.”
According to estimates, Americans produce three million tons of junk in food items, around nine million tons of furniture, and over six million tons of clothes. These are rather conservative numbers against actual stats but give a gist of the situation. Now, combine these already haunting numbers with disposable stuff made these days. The trend is nowhere near to die. But, the blue planet might be suffocating with all the dead weight.
In this post, we are going to explore some avenues regarding how to dispose of junk properly to contribute to the preservation of the environment. Since we are not going to reduce production magnitude, we can always optimize what we can.
Sort Out Recyclables
There is no way around recycling, whether you like it or not. Since we are going to produce a truckload of items, it is best we leave the planet be and reuse raw materials over and over again. This is where recycling helps to keep the balance.
As a homeowner, it may be a hassle for you to sort and separate your trash into two distinct categories.
Here is a pro tip:
- Furniture made of wood and iron is recyclable. Some plastics are too, but it is best to check before making the decision.
Electrical appliances are expensive to make and break. They cannot be disposed of with the rest of the junk in a landfill or an incinerator. The best way to ensure your appliance junk ends up where it belongs is by hiring a professional junk removal company.
Keep in mind that poorly thrown and disposed of appliances take forever to break and may cause complications for the immediate environment around them.
In the last decade, e-waste has become a global specter. There is no hard data regarding its long-term impact on the environment, but scientists are adamant that it is going to last for centuries to come if not disposed of properly. It is because e-waste has heavy metals, like Li, Ba, Hg, etc., which can seep into the groundwater if thrown into a landfill.
Above all, it is important to dispose of e-waste properly by hiring professional companies. They have personnel and means to collect, sort, and recycle items.
People do not think twice before throwing old medicine or drugs down the drain. It is a convenient way to clean your house of all the old chemicals, but you are posing a great threat to the environment while doing so. The same is true for all kinds of unused chemicals in the house.
Generally, there are instructions on the packaging on how to properly dispose of such items. But if you do not have time to do so, there are companies that can do it for you. All you need to do is contact them and give them a time. They will collect from your place and even offer incentives to promote this healthy habit.
Cut Down Air Pollution
Burning trash is a centuries-old practice. It was thought to be a prudent way to dispose of trash, which is true for the majority of constituents of everyday trash. It includes things like garden waste, paper, some kinds of fabrics, etc. Still, there are domestic items like plastics and rubber that cannot be burned down in any case. It is because they produce fumes burning, which contribute greatly to air pollution.
The best way to be sure about what is to burn and what it to save is to research a little and read labels and manuals of items. In most cases, it is directed on that paperwork how to dispose of an item properly.
Sell Or Donate
What was junk and totaled for you might help someone else. When you are taking out “trash,” it is best to think reasonably and act so. For instance, if you have no use of an old toaster or a computer, it is best to sell it or donate it rather than stuffing it in your trash bag so it will end up in a landfill. This also applies to plastic items, clothes, books, etc.
Environmental concerns are as real as civilization. The condition is worsening for the last couple of years because of reckless landfilling and inadequate methods of disposing of materials. This post will help you understand how you can make a difference on your own by taking out the trash in a reasonable and scientific way.