Ecological Catastrophe

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Save Planet Earth by Recycling Our Waste Disposal and recycling our waste is by far a serious problem of today’s modern environment. An increasing number of people in large cities make an enormous amount of waste every day. For years, we’ve been dumping toxic and solid waste into nature and not thinking about future consequences (“Why”). Landfill use for the dumping of waste is gradually fading away. It has become clear that disposal garbage in this way is not safe for our planet any more. It is also important that the recycling of construction waste is not only a concern for the environment, but it can also bring economical benefits to our society. Recycling allows us to transform regular garbage to agricultural fertilizer and other materials that we

can use for good of our planet. The conditions of the Earth will not remain the same in the future due to our ways of dealing with trash disposal. If people maintain the same approach to waste disposal, then our planet will face the catastrophe of global pollution and contamination. This will lead to massive dumps of household trash and commercial waste around the cities, poisons the air, rivers and oceans making water in them dangerous to people. Not only recycling is the way that can make our Earth green and beautiful, but in addition by recycling paper, glass, plastics, metals and other materials, becomes possible to save Earth’s valuable natural resources. Today, the competitive environment in the “junk” business (processing, sorting and recycling) is quite

favorable for investment. There are not as many recycling companies across the world, as we would like. The result is that there is lots of waste and not enough recycling stations, and we can only dream about a centralized system of sorting and processing of our garbage. From one kilogram of sorted plastic waste, we can make 0.8 kg of recycled polyethylene that can be used as secondary building materials (Sidorenko). According to experts, a single person produces 250 kg of household waste a year. If we take one household’s garbage bin we can split it by percentage of about 25% food scraps, 5-10%- paper, 50% polymers, with the rest falls being metal, textile, rubber, glass and other junk (Sidorenko). The classic way of waste disposal (container-garbage- dump-reclamation)

today is ineffective and potentially dangerous for our environment. Since even well treated and backfilled with soil, dump stations are a source of “landfill gases,” which are stimulating the greenhouse effect on our planet. Inefficient implementation of natural resources causes their rapid depletion and, consequently, progressive pollution of the environment. Often toxic waste is dumped into nature causing severe consequences for our future generations; rising child sickness and mortality, reduced life expectancy, etc. (Shantarin). According to Greenpeace, one of most important problems that we have with the waste dumped in to the environment and not been recycled, is high concentration of dioxins in various food products, this substance can accumulate in food such

as meat, milk, eggs, cheese, butter, fish and other edible products. Dioxins are found even in breast milk. Scientists proved that people who live or lived near landfill sites for more that 5-10 years have babies with serious birth defects that are extremely hard to treat or prevent. The advanced countries and cities have high probability of air pollution. This air is bad enough to cause 50 thousand anticipatory deaths annually. It’s bad enough to destroy the whole ecosystem and make our planet uninhabited (Easterbrook). Now 1/3 of the Earth’s population lives in conditions of dangerous air contamination. It undoubtedly has an effect on people’s health; the human organism most intensively absorbs various chemical elements during breathing. Effects of these