Australia has implemented very strict rules when it comes to hard and liquid waste disposal including non-biodegradable waste. So it is important that we all adhere to the correct ways of disposing of our non-biodegradable waste.
Because non-biodegradable waste does not decompose, the best way to dispose of these waste materials is by recycling. However, there are other eco-friendly ways that are worth exploring and we are going to discuss them all here.
Before we begin looking at the different ways to dispose of non-biodegradable waste, let us define what non-biodegradable waste is and then look at some examples.
Non-biodegradable waste is waste material that does not decompose, decay or dissolve by natural means. Their materials cannot be broken down by natural organisms.
They will remain in their existing state, without any degradation, if they are not treated chemically. These are mostly inorganic waste products.
Non-biodegradable waste is the main source of water, air, and soil pollution. They are also sited as the main cause of cancer and other diseases. Examples of Non-Biodegradable Waste:
1). Recycling – the best and most effective way to dispose of non-biodegradable waste. Recycling does not just help re-use the materials but it also reduces the need to produce more non-biodegradable products.
Other advantages of recycling:
2). Combustion with Energy Recovery – this burns plastic, rubber, and other non-biodegradable wastes. This is an environment-friendly process because the heat generated by the combustion is used to make energy in the form of steal or electricity.
Advantages of combustion:
3). Landfills – landfills are the last resort for non-biodegradable waste. As much as possible, we want to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste that ends up in landfills.
We do not want to pollute the soil with non-decaying materials. Unless there are no other ways to dispose of this trash, there is no choice but to use a landfill.
4). Hazardous Waste Disposal – medical waste, petroleum, oil, pesticides, batteries, paint, and many others need to be disposed of in a sanitary, isolated facility where they are treated chemically.
These types of hazardous waste materials must be separated and be carefully handled so they do not get into the soil or water. These are toxic materials that are harmful to humans, animals, and the environment.
Every day, we produce more and more waste. If we are not careful, one day we will produce more waste than we can dispose of. Do your share.
Here are some things you can do so we can reduce waste materials and slow down the effect of climate change:
Ways you can reduce the use of plastic products:
Let’s not wait until we are up to our necks in rubbish. Our rubbish, our responsibility. Segregate, reduce, reuse, and recycle. We all have to do our share.