What Is The Best Way To Dispose Of Non-Biodegradable Waste?

Best Way Dispose Non-Biodegradable Waste

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.

What Is Non-Biodegradable Waste?

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:

  • Plastic Materials – Synthetic Materials (Man-Made)
  • Metal – Electronic Components 
  • Glass – Medical Waste
  • Nuclear Waste – Cans
  • Artificial Rubber – Man-Made Polymer

Ways to Dispose 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:

  • Saves space in landfills
  • Reduces the number of virgin materials to be mined
  • Reduces the amount of production of new non-biodegradable products
  • Saves energy
  • Helps to reduce climate change

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:

  • Reduces the demand for non-renewable resources like coal and petroleum.
  • Reduces the volumes of trash.
  • Saves space in landfills
  • Provides new sources of energy

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:

  • Be Aware and Educate Yourself. Learn about your local waste management regulations and laws. National and local governments have set up easy to follow guidelines with regard to the proper segregation, recycling, and disposal of all kinds of waste materials.
  • Reduce. Find ways to make small sacrifices and creative ways to avoid buying more plastic products. 

Ways you can reduce the use of plastic products:

  • Carry reusable bottles that you can refill whenever you feel like drinking water. 
  • Bring your own reusable mug when making a coffee run.
  • Bring your own basket or tote bag when buying takeout food or grocery shopping.
  • Bring your own bamboo straws and utensils when eating in fast-food restaurants so you can avoid using the plastic utensils and plastic straws that they provide.
  • Be a Conscious Buyer –  Make conscious decisions when buying products. Opt for non-plastic packaging, products that are made using eco-friendly processes, choose manufacturers that are environment-conscious. In short, make every purchase an environmentally conscious purchase.
  • Recycle – Use old cans for planting herbs and flowers. Find other creative ways to re-use non-biodegradable materials to beautify your surroundings and help save the environment at the same time.

Final Thoughts

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.