According to Statistics Canada (Waste Management Industry Survey: Business and Government Sectors), the country produces 777 kg of trash per capita. This is twice the amount Japan produces, a country that is leading the way in trash management and reduction.
The higher the volume of trash, the more likely it is to end up in landfills. But is the effect of trash on the environment a cause for concern?
When trash is not disposed of properly, it ends up in landfills. As chemicals break down, they contaminate the soil and ultimately hurt the environment. Several studies about trash and its effects show that when plastic water bottles break down, they release diethylhexyl adipate (DEHA) which can contaminate surrounding agricultural land. DEHA is a carcinogen that might cause reproductive problems or liver issues.
2. Air Contamination
Burning trash, especially containers of harmful substances like bleach and acid, releases toxic chemicals (including dioxin and methane gases) that build up and destroy the ozone layer. Dioxin can be inhaled and cause respiratory problems, making it a public health risk.
3. Wildlife and Marine Ecosystem
Animals also suffer from improperly disposed garbage. The chemical components from trash leach into soil, water, and air – affecting all organisms, including humans. As trash accumulates in the ocean, releasing chemical compounds, it can be ingested by fish and slowly destroy the habitat. These fish are caught and consumed by humans.
Recycling helps to significantly decrease the harmful effects trash has on the environment, including human health. This is why at M&M Disposal and Bin Rental, we work to keep the Earth’s environment a safe and healthy place. Give us a call today at (519) 649-6440 for bin rentals, junk removal, and demolition services, all with an eco-conscious approach.