Waste management is not discussed enough as an issue. While we are finding new ways to dispose of waste in the UK, we are still using landfills in large numbers – which is damaging both for us and the environment around it. Without waste management, there could be dire effects both on the health of people, but also the animals and wildlife around us. It is such an important thing for us to work on and stay on top of, yet the issue is often left forgotten. Here is some information on the importance of waste management, and why we need it both as a country but also as a planet.
What is Waste Management?
To understand the importance, it is equally vital to know what waste management actually is. Waste management is the collection, transportation, and disposal of rubbish, sewage, and any other waste products. The term encapsulates the whole process, including the sorting and proper handling of the materials, as well as maintenance (even of transport vehicles) and adherence to strict health codes and environmental regulations. It is a broad term that captures a wide number of elements of the process. After all, the concept and workings of waste management are far more complex than they may sound or appear.
Where Did It Begin?
Many see waste management as a fairly modern concept, which is why they question its importance. However, it has actually been going on for thousands of years. Even the early humans were adept as managing their waste. They dug a hole (usually on the outskirts of the settlement) and used it for the disposal of human waste as well as food waste and other items that may have been considered rubbish. This was done to keep pests away, but it also prevented it from becoming a cause of health issues.
Why is It Important?
Finally, we move onto the most important part – why waste management is important. On a superficial level, no one wants to see their waste and litter spread across the streets and stacked up high. It doesn’t look or smell appealing.
However, with this idea of the rubbish being everywhere, if it were to be that way then disease would spread faster and more people than ever would be consistently sick. As rubbish decays it produces mould and bacteria, but it also attracts insects and rats that also carry diseases on them – it’s the perfect place for disease to spread.
Rubbish is a pollutant in general. It can cause damage to our water and soil which, in turn, damages animals, plants, and us. It even pollutes the air, helping the spread of illness and also causing breathing problems for those with respiratory issues.
To prevent disease being spread by these three ‘vessels’, we have waste management to keep everything contained. However, it also ensures that we keep the natural beauty of our planet. Having waste disposal means that we can continue to admire and look after the nature around us.
To prevent pollution, disease, and to keep the aesthetic appeal of our beautiful country, we have waste management in place. In the era of early man, it was done for survival and to cover up tracks. Now, we use it to keep us and our planet safe. Waste management is hugely important to this world, but also to the people and creatures that live on it. It is essential, and it is also wonderful to see so many improvements being made on our waste disposal systems all the time.