The improper disposal of garbage and junk is a major contributor to climate change. When junk is sent to landfill sites, toxic gasses and chemicals are released into the air, producing highly damaging carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. When the ozone traps these gases, they contribute to climate change.
It is hard to imagine that the world generates 1.3 billion tons of waste each year. Unfortunately, Canadians are the biggest producers of waste per capita in the world. Canadians can do their part by:
- Donating instead of tossing
- Using sustainable energy methods
Why should we be more careful with waste disposal? The harmful effects of improper removal of junk not only contribute to air pollution and climate change but also lead to soil and water contamination. As landfills continue to grow, and our health is being jeopardized, leading to issues that range from respiratory and skin issues to cancer and congenital disabilities.
As much as 85% of solid recyclable waste remains unrecycled, even though 75% of solid waste is recyclable. The goods news is, many countries are finding innovative ways to manage waste from trading trash for healthcare in Indonesia to turning landfills into parks in Hong Kong.
If you are doubtful that eco-friendly junk removal can help, think again. For example, newspaper recycling can save about 250,000,000 trees each year, which in turn can help reduce air pollution and environmental toxins while decreasing the number of pollutants in the environment. As a result, the air we breathe is cleaner, and the quality of the food we eat is better, so we remain healthy. The more we recycle, the smaller our landfill sites become freeing up valuable space for alternative purposes.
This infographic gives you vital information regarding the importance of proper waste disposal. When we take the time to remove junk in an eco-friendly way, we can help fight climate change and keep our planet healthier.
Infographic Source: https://www.redbins.ca/eco-friendly-junk-removals/
Monica Benoit is a blogger in Toronto. She is currently working as an Outreach Coordinator for Red Bins. She graduated with honours from the University of British Columbia with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.