The Effects of Irresponsible Rubbish Removal
With rubbish mounting up in landfill sites and the concerns about
the health of the environment rapidly increasing, the damaging
effects of irresponsible rubbish removal is quickly becoming clear.
To raise awareness of this, this post details the three major
dangers of irresponsible rubbish removal and provides tips to help
you take more responsibility for your waste!
1. Harmful To The Environment
Perhaps the most detrimental effect of irresponsible rubbish removal
is the harm this might cause to the environment. In particular, many
individuals and rubbish removal companies are disposing of waste in
landfills and failing to recycle it where it is possible to do so,
which is a leading factor behind the deterioration of the earth’s
In fact, a wide array of research has revealed that the gases and
pollution created by the degradation of waste in landfills has a
serious, negative effect on the planet. What’s more, when the
landfills are overflowing with waste, waste often blows or leaks
into surrounding rivers and pollutes these also.
Subsequently, irresponsible rubbish removal is affecting the
environment not only by giving off harmful emissions, but also by
polluting natural areas. So, it is important that both individuals
and waste management firms are taking greater responsibility when it
comes to finding ways to recycle and re-use rubbish rather than just
sending it to the landfill sites as the most convenient route.
2. It Is Against The Law
Additionally, because many irresponsible rubbish removal practices
have been heavily regulated against, acting irresponsibly when
disposing of waste can often also mean you are breaking the law.
For example, it is estimated that
of fly-tipping are happening every year, which comes at an estimated
to clear this waste. A serious offence, fly tipping involves dumping
any of your waste in the street or other land that does not have a
license to accept it. With the government cracking down further on
this offence, this irresponsible form of rubbish removal can land
you a fine of up to £50,000 or a year in prison if convicted in a
Magistrates Court or an unlimited fine and up to 5 years
imprisonment if convicted by a Crown Court.
With penalties like this in place, it is vital that you ensure you
are removing and disposing of your waste legally and responsibly.
Likewise, you should ensure that the rubbish removal company you
hire is trusted to manage your waste legally too.
3. Puts Humans And Animals At Risk
Improper rubbish removal also threatens the livelihood of other
humans and animals, not only due to the damning effects
irresponsible disposal has on our environment and therefore our
future health and wellbeing, but also in the short term. For
example, sea creatures especially are suffering from sea pollution
as a result of landfill waste, with many fish and sea turtles
poisoned by plastic or killed due to contamination. Likewise, waste
can also suffocate and kill land animals when it is dumped in their
Additionally, for more dangerous kinds of waste such as hazardous
waste, improper disposal can be dangerous and often requires a
specialist team to handle it. For example asbestos can cause
multiple types of lung disease and cancers if individuals are
exposed to as a result of improper and irresponsible disposal.
How To Practice Responsible Rubbish Removal
Hire a reputable, fully accredited and insured waste removal
company. The waste removal prices may be slightly higher, but you are paying for an expert to collect and dispose of your waste.
Do research into how to dispose of your waste in an eco-friendly
Attempt to minimise the amount of waste that you are producing
Attempt to increase how much of your waste you recycle, re-use or
Ensure you are not dumping waste illegally - try to take it to the
recycling centre or contact a company to clear it for you