We live in a world where waste is inevitable. This waste can come in various forms and from various sources.This includes the food we eat and all the other items we use. It is classified as organic and inorganic. How we deal with this garbage affects our lives in one way or the other. If we deal with the waste well, our lives and the environment are kept clean. Doing the opposite only guarantees a disaster in waiting and a threat to all life forms. This therefore calls for sensitization of the public about garbage disposal.
Organic waste is anything that can decompose. This comes from all plant and animal products that we consume.This type of waste ends up decomposing and enriching the soil and in turn completes the life cycle. People living in the countryside have the advantage of digging a small pit in their compound to dispose this kind of waste or take it directly to their farms since it acts as manure. Those in the big cities do not have this privilege. However, this does not mean they can’t dispose their waste. How they do it is by enclosing the garbage in waste bags which are collected by sanitation companies and taken to landfills. The landfills are areas designated for large waste disposal.Here,the waste is incarcerated or treated to produce methane gas to be used as energy.
Sewage is another type of garbage. This is waste mixed with water. It comes from our kitchen sinks,bathrooms,toilets and our industries.Most homes are embracing the use of food disposers in their homes.These are installed in the sinks where they grind the waste into small pieces which are then directed to the sewage.How this is disposed is through sewers. These are underground tunnels built to direct the waste to designated areas. In the past years, sewage was disposed in rivers and oceans. However, this later revealed the danger it was exposing to living organisms that lived in these water bodies through pollution.Fish from affected water bodies when consumed by human beings would pose a threat to their health especially if they contained mercury elements from the industry waste.Improvements have been made by creating waste treatment plants that treat sewage with chemicals ,sanitize the water and reuse it in toilets. Sewage not disposed well releases toxins to the soil and eventually finds its way into rivers and cause pollution.
Inorganic waste is anything that does not decompose. This mostly describes plastic materials. When being disposed,it is separated from organic waste.Most of this waste is recycled and the rest incarcerated. The only problem is that burning this type of waste releases harmful gases into the atmosphere which pollute the air and affect the ozone layer.Polluted air has led to the outbreak of many respiratory diseases. Recycling this type of waste doesn’t have to happen at landfills.It should start in our homes by reusing plastic containers either as food storage containers or modifying them as house decorations.This ensures less plastic waste ending in the landfills.
Most countries are embracing better methods of garbage disposal to ensure they minimize water,air and soil pollution.This in return preserves life in all its forms.It is important therefore to ensure you dispose waste properly as required.Just as charity begins at home,proper waste disposal should start with an individual.