Each year, we throw 2.12 billion tons waste onto the Earth. All this waste would be transported on 24 trucks around the world. The process of disposing of waste involves many different processes, such as collection, transportation and recycling.
What is the waste that is dumped?
The waste can be dumped at land-based dumpsites, or in the oceans.
- Construction waste
- Industrial waste
- Household waste
- Plastic waste
- Electronic waste
- Radioactive waste
- Run-off from fertilizers, pesticides and oil, such as those produced by farms, can be found in groundwater, rivers and oceans.
The world’s huge waste problem has been solved by waste dumping. It is important to quickly come up with new ideas or the problem will spiral out of control.
This staggering amount of waste can be partly explained by the fact that 99 percent of all stuff we purchase is thrown away within 6 months.
Europe produces large quantities of waste.
How much waste we create is directly related to how much we consume and what production patterns we follow. Another problem is the sheer number of products on the market. Demographic changes like an increase of single-person households also have an impact on the amount waste we produce (e.g. packaging goods in smaller units).
Because of the large range of waste types, and the complex waste-treatment routes (including illegal ones), it is difficult to have a complete picture of where and how much waste has been generated. Data are available, but of different quality, for all types.
How much waste does the average person produce?
The EU Data Centre on Waste compiles European waste data. The data for 2010 in 29 European countries (i.e. EU-28, Norway and other European countries had data for 2010. Around 60% of the generated waste consisted of soil and mineral waste. These were mainly from construction, demolition activities and mining. The waste types of metal, paper, cardboard and wood, as well as chemical and medical wastes and animal or vegetal wastes, ranged between 2 % and 4 %.
Around 10 percent of Europe’s total waste comes from what’s called’municipal’. This is waste generated mainly in households, but also by small businesses and public buildings, such as schools or hospitals.
Per capita, 481kg of municipal solid refuse was generated in 33 countries that make up the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2012. A slight downward trend has been observed since 2007, partly due to the economic crisis in Europe that began in 2008.
Various Waste Disposal Problems
The problem of excessive waste generation is one of the main problems with waste disposal. America alone is responsible to producing approximately 220,000,000 tons of waste per year. It was estimated that Americans produced almost 260 million tonnes of municipal solid refuse in 2007. This is approximately 2.1kg per person daily. This is the point: if these numbers are in America, let us try to imagine how much waste the rest of the world produces.
According to the World Bank, the average daily global municipal solid waste (MSW), generation per person is around 1.2 kg. The figure is expected rise to 1.5 kg by 2020. The problem of waste disposal is a problem that affects every state and local authority. Present-day society is driven by throw-away consumerism. Producers and companies are looking to maximize their profits, producing products that can be used once only. They do not prioritize reuse, recycling, or using environmentally friendly materials.
Effects of waste dumping
Dumping waste on the earth can have serious consequences. Waste dumping and poor waste management can have devastating effects.
- Pollution of soil – Waste can leach hazardous chemicals into soil and into our food.
- Air pollution: Waste from landfills can release harmful substances into the air, including dioxin, which is extremely poisonous.
- Pollution of the oceans: Every year 13 million tonnes worth of plastic end-up in the world’s seas. If we continue to dump plastic in our oceans, 2050 will see more plastic than fish in our oceans.
- Groundwater Pollution: Each year, 280 Billion Tons of groundwater are being polluted. This is 9000 tons every minute.
Animal behavior can be affected by our trash pile-ups
The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), held in Glasgow, dominated daily headlines. There was coverage that covered everything from climate commitment announcements to crowds of protesters thronging streets. A New York Times story about the massive trash problems that Scotland experienced as a result of the talks revealed one detail. There was an increase in rats which, according to reports, attacked four sanitation workers. This happened over five months.
While it is true that rats are everywhere in cities, as Susan Aitken of Glasgow’s city council stated in response the attacks, that does not negate the fact that waste increases attracts more scavengers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some rodents to exhibit “abnormal behavior,” which was previously common in urban areas. New York City saw rats starve after restaurants closed and their food supply was cut off. Forbes reported that customers were able to interact with hungry rats when outdoor dining was established. New Yorkers have a long history of interaction with rats. NYC has the third largest rat population in America, at 2 million. But human waste has a history influencing animal behavior.
Movement Ecology’s 2016 study found that white storks from Portugal had altered their migration patterns as a result of an oversupply of food waste in landfills. A 37% increase in gull numbers in Argentina may be due to increased fishery activity. This has led to an escalating number of gull attacks upon whales. The number of whale attacks by gulls has increased dramatically over 30 years, from 2% in 1971 to 99% in 2000.
How Ireland and Dublin solved the waste problem
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Our fully-serviced vans travel the city, get the order and make their way directly to your home for domestic rubbish disposal. We do the lifting all by ourselves so there is minimal hassle. We are fully dedicated to responsibly disposing your rubbish in a professional manner.