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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 we have made it one of the key cornerstones of our business.

Whether domestic or commercial, insufficient management of waste can have plenty of negative impacts on a business or community.

For this blog, we will focus on four areas that can negatively impact both your home/business and the wider community.

4 After-effects of poor waste management

1. Environmental effects – One of the biggest consequences of improper waste management is the impact on the environment. 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.

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 mosquitos 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 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, insulating materials are dangerous they are all flammable. Car tyres are one of the most common causes of large fires, which is the reason their storage 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, as no one wants to move somewhere unsanitary. There is also the impact on local businesses and the economy, as waste issues will keep people away from these areas.

If you are a business owner, the effects will be recognisable and immediate plus public perception 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.

Have you forgotten something? Skip hire is available to book securely on our website or by calling 01782 551222. During the booking process, you can select your date for skip drop off and collection. Thank you for visiting the D P Skip website.