Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Dangers Of Poor Waste Management

Waste management is the ability of human to ensure that waste generated from our daily activities are disposed in a way that they do not cause harm to either humans, plants or the environment. Due to the nature of man’s daily activities, the generation of waste cannot be avoided, so we are left with the only option of proper management of waste.

According to a United Nations report, “More people now die from contaminated and polluted water than all forms of violence including wars”. The UN reports that two million tons of waste – agricultural and industrial, as well as sewage and so on – are discharged everyday into rivers and seas, spreading illness and damaging ecosystems.

Consequently, every 20 seconds, a child under the age of five dies from water-related disease says Achin Steiner, an executive director of the UN Environmental Programme.

With this grave consequences today, if the world is to thrive, we need to get collectively smarter and intelligently about how waste is managed.

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