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What are the consequences of poor waste management?

30 May 2021
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What are the consequences of poor waste management?

Here at DP Skip Hire, we are committed to environmental responsibility, so much so that we have made it one of the key cornerstones of our business, and this is for good reason, poor waste management can be incredibly detrimental to your business, home or wider community if not done currently.  

Some of the main consequences of poor waste management include negative environmental effects, higher risk to human health, increased fire risks, unpleasant smells and visual pollution. In this blog, we will detail each of these consequences in more detail and we will advise why correct and thorough waste management is so important.

1. Environmental Effects

One of the biggest consequences of improper waste management is the impact on the environment. It is becoming all the more  important to ensure that our effect on the environment is a positive one, so poor waste management techniques are ill advised to say the least.   

Piles of rubbish can block waterways and drainage, which creates stagnant pools of water which is an ideal breeding ground for undesirable critters. Waste can also infect local soil and water supplies which poses a particular risk to human health.

It is also worth considering some of the dangers of non-biodegradables. The dangers of non-biodegradables such as plastic bags are that they take hundreds or even thousands of years to decay.

2. Risks To Human Health

Unpleasant creatures such as rats, flies, cockroaches and mosquitoes can make their home in domestic and commercial waste. They often carry diseases like malaria, dengue fever, hepatitis and typhus. Rats are known to carry Salmonellosis and Weil’s disease and when their germs nestle in piles of rubbish, this can lead to health difficulties like cholera, scabies, tetanus and other skin and eye infections.

3. Fire Risks

Improper waste management including poor disposal of packaging, wrappers, newspapers, flyers, wood and insulating materials are dangerous; this is because they are all flammable. Car tyres are one of the most common causes of large fires, which is the reason their storage and disposal is so well-regulated. Like other waste components, tyres also have the double-whammy of adding dangerous chemicals to the mix, which are released into the atmosphere when burned.

4. Horrible Smells and Visual Pollution

Nobody likes to see huge amounts of rubbish piled everywhere. The smell, especially on warm summer days can be even worse. Poor hygiene has a serious impact on your community, afterall, no one wants to move somewhere unsanitary. There is also the impact on local businesses and the economy to consider, this is because poor waste practices will act as a physical deterrent and will keep people away from these areas.

If you are a business owner, the effects will be recognisable and immediate plus public perception of your company will drop significantly. Once you are associated with poor commercial waste management, your public image could take a long time to recover.

Talk To The Skip Hire Specialists

Recycling whenever possible and avoiding waste in your everyday life can vastly help with keeping your waste levels down. If things do begin to pile up, you could consider hiring a skip from DP Skip Hire. This is the most straightforward way to deal with rubbish, especially home construction projects such as a renovation, an extension or an office move.

Contact us now for more information on all of our services, whether you require skip hire, plant hire or any of our other fantastic services, we can help.

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