The amount of waste we collectively produce is unbelievable. The US alone produces 250 million tons of waste a year. And honestly, we don’t need numbers to see that the problem of overflowing trash cans exists at a colossal level. We are all aware of the overflowing garbage bins, the stench, and clutter we come across in the streets. And these are not just unpleasant sights, but they also pose serious threats, such as:
Diseases Due to Insects and Pests – Overflowing garbage is a perfect breeding ground for insects and pests such as rodents. These pests enter our homes through windows, pipes, and cracks, and contaminate food and water. They also spread diseases such as fever, typhoid, food poisoning, salmonella, etc.
Air Pollution – Overflowing garbage decomposes and contaminates the air with toxic particles such as nitrous oxide and methane. And these toxic gases not only cause respiratory problems but also affect the overall human health.
Contamination of Surface Water – Liquid household waste from overflowing trash cans seeps into the ground and impacts the chemical composition of the water. Other waste materials responsible for water pollution are batteries, residual paint, electrical equipment, etc. Our poor waste handling methods have largely contributed to degrading water quality over time, and fish and other animals have been suffering ever since.
Serious Health Issues – The effects of garbage on human health are also alarming. Garbage collectors and the poor who pick on the waste suffer health complications such as skin, wound, blood, and intestinal infections. Moreover, hazardous waste, needles, and sharp objects can also result in the loss of life.
Effects on Cities – No one wants to visit cities reeking with the stench of overflowing garbage and dominated with insects and pests. And this makes cities lose out on investment, travel, and employment opportunities.
How to Prevent Overflowing Garbage Bins?
Trash Chute – Residents, to get rid of waste in their homes, dump it on and around already full public garbage bins. To prevent this, residential building owners and contractors must install trash chutes in buildings. Trash chutes are large waste receptacles that have an opening on each floor and a storage space at the bottom to collect the waste. They ensure that the waste is deposited in a closed container to avoid contamination and pests until the respective garbage collectors collect the waste. They are a very effective waste handling solution to eliminate the problems discussed above.
Trash Compactors – Cardboards, glass shards, metal scraps, etc. must be compacted using trash compactors to reduce the size of waste. Moreover, trash compactors keep our household waste much neater and safer, which then results in improved levels of sanitation. After all, unwanted pests won’t breed in the waste if it is neatly packed away. Trash compactors also make waste handling much easier and convenient, and therefore, should be seriously considered.
Composting – Food scraps and yard trimmings make up 26% of the waste produced in the US. With initiatives such as creating community compost pits, not only can you reduce your waste contribution, but you can also turn organic waste into useful compost for soil and plants. While contractors and building owners can get compost pits installed, it is the responsibility of the residents to separate waste such as shredded twigs, leaves, and kitchen scraps so that they can be decomposed quickly. Many communities that do not need compost are also doing their bit because of the sense of responsibility towards our planet.
A collective effort is required to tackle the problem of poor waste disposal and overflowing garbage. Therefore, take intiatives, appoint leaders, talk to the professionals in charge, and motivate others to bring about the change you need to see around you.