3 Negative Effects of Improper Waste Management

3 Negative Effects of Improper Waste Management

With an ever-growing population and more waste being produced per person, waste disposal and waste management have become issues that we should all be aware of. We’re figuring out new innovative ways to deal with the huge amount of waste that is produced every year and technology has gone a long way in helping us find cleaner and more efficient ways of doing so. Unfortunately, no system is perfect and we still see problems that come from waste disposal methods being improperly applied or altogether ignored. Improper waste management can harm the environment very badly. It can cause tremendous pollution to soil, air and water. This article will go into a few of the risks and negative effects of improper waste management that come as a result of these.


Soil contamination

Landfill remains one of the most effective ways to dispose of large quantities of waste, but there are certainly many drawbacks. One of the main disadvantages is the effect it has on the local environment, in particular the soil. Landfill will inevitably lead to some questionable materials being buried that perhaps shouldn’t be. Toxic substances and certain organic wastes can have a negative effect on the soil quality in the surrounding area, which has various negative consequences of its own. Vegetation and plant life can be affected and the result of this is a change in the biodiversity of the region. Landfill is a means of waste disposal that remains contentious.


Air pollution

Air pollution is an obvious problem associated with waste and it is quite difficult to avoid in some cases. This is particularly a problem in open-air dumps and landfills as well, where gasses and chemicals evaporate over time and release undesirable materials into the air that we breath. In some countries where waste disposal is not managed well at all, this can result in acid rain. Further, a large proportion of this is methane gas, which contributes to the greenhouse problem and is a big issue for the environment.

Research suggests that there are even drawbacks to human health and well being as a result of this, and unpleasant smells around dumps and landfill sites are not uncommon. Unfortunately, this can also occur when incinerating waste.


Water pollution

Water pollution remains a serious problem again associated with dumps and landfill site. Rain that falls onto these areas can mix with various dissolved waste materials, forming a potentially toxic liquid that collects at the bottom of all the trash and rubble. Often times, this solution will find its way into rivers or lakes, leading to negative consequences for local flora and fauna as it contaminates local groundwater. 


When it comes to waste disposal, there are a lot of potential dangers and environmental problems. As time goes on, we are learning and discovering better, more efficient ways to reduce the risk of pollution and other negative effects. For more information about waste disposal and waste management, speak to the team at Metro Transfer Station, a waste transfer station near you in Melbourne today.

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