Why People Don't Care About the Environment (and Why They Need To)
Posted on 21/06/2018 by One Waste Team
As the earth is now home to more than seven billion inhabitants, addressing pollution and improper waste management principles is more important than ever before. Unfortunately, many of us would simply like to "look the other way" and avoid the problems that such lifestyles cause. Were you aware that only 43.7 percent of households within the United Kingdom have chosen to adopt the appropriate recycling techniques (1)? Why are we seeing such a low turnout and what can we do to protect the world around us?
"Not My Concern or Responsibility"
This is similar to the acronym NIMBY (Not In My Backyard). In other words, some consumers assume that others will pick up the proverbial slack for their lack of recycling. This is a dangerous perspective, for waste management would not exist as a concept if we all adopted the same mindset. The fact of the matter is that improper disposal techniques affect all of us. Whether referring to the air, the soil or the drinking water, the earth is a finite planet.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Dangers of Apathy
This point of view is just as prevalent; particularly in developed nations such as the United Kingdom. Simply because the grass is green and the air appears clear may lead to the assumption that little effort is required. After all, we cannot see the toxic waste buried in landfills or the heavy metals which continue to pollute our aquifers. This sense of apathy is pervasive and in order to appreciate the importance of waste management, we need to understand the real-life consequences. Consider these facts (2):
- Over 14 billion pounds of rubbish enters into the oceans every year.
- It is estimated that as many as 5,000 individuals die on a daily basis as a result of dirty drinking water.
- Children represent a mere 10 per cent of human-generated waste products and yet, they comprise 40 per cent of diseases around the world.
- Scientists estimate that 5 million children under the age of five will die as a direct result of environmental pollution.
The problems here are painfully obvious. It is now time to look at a handful of powerful solutions.
Breaking Bad Habits
The first step is to become aware of the negative impacts associated with the improper disposal of waste. However, this accomplishes little if we look at figures from a global perspective. It is much better to encounter information about your local area or region. These statistics will provide a more personal viewpoint; enabling you to see how even a single household can positively or negatively impact the environment. Other suggestions will often include:
- Composting as an alternative to traditional organic waste disposal methods.
- Knowing which substances are able to be recycled.
- Cutting back on the use of plastic materials such as shopping bags and drinking cups.
There are still times when you may become confounded by a larger project such as a home renovation or landscaping. Where can you turn in order to dispose of large amounts of waste?
Securing Professional Waste Management Solutions
Professional skip hire services are some of the best ways to efficiently deal with rubbish. These units are available in various sizes, so even larger projects can be tackled. One Waste Clearance appreciates the importance of waste management solutions and we are always here to help. So, give us a call to discuss our waste disposal services today to ensure your waste is disposed of correctly. If we do not learn to care for the earth, we are simply "throwing it all away".