Proper waste management is essential to preserving the environment, and illegal dumping of household, commercial, and industrial waste is a serious problem. Illegal dumping not only pollutes the environment, but it can also lead to adverse health effects in humans and animals. Illegal dumping results in contaminated water, dangerous levels of air pollution, and a host of other unsafe related issues. In less developed nations, large companies often use loose regulations or lax enforcement to their advantage by dumping waste directly into waterways. Even when they are asked to change their dumping practices, these companies may bribe officials so they can continue to illegally dump while giving off the appearance of being in compliance with local regulations. It’s estimated that between 6 and 7 percent of the total global disease burden can be directly attributed to pollution, and this figure may be even higher in undeveloped countries. Together we can explore the effects of illegal dumping and what people can do to reduce it .
1.Threats to Humans and Animals Illegal dumping can adversely affect both humans and animals, and there have been a variety of studies that link water contamination to the spread of disease. From cancer to liver disease, humans located near sources of heavy illegal waste dumping frequently have a higher risk of developing life-threatening conditions. One major risk to humans and animals is the presence of viruses and other pathogens present in areas contaminated by illegal dumping. Animal habitats are also negatively impacted, since animals in the wild inadvertently consume illegally dumped waste, which can lead to severe health complications and death. In addition, toxins released from the waste may leach into the surrounding soil, harming plants and the animals that eat them.
2.Illegal dumping increases the risk of a deadly blaze taking place. The reason for this is simple: garbage is highly flammable. When illegal dump sites build up, they become more likely to spontaneously combust, starting a blaze that could become a deadly forest fire that could potentially destroy homes or even worse
3.When it comes to cities or residential areas, some of the biggest issues come from people using a vacant lot of land as a dump or individuals deciding to leave bulk items at the curb when it’s not bulk trash day. While both are considered by many cities to be illegal dumping, the visual message it sends is where the damage is done,But it can be reversed. If a potential buyer/ customer comes to a city and is bombarded with bad smells due to an illegal dump site and can’t drive down a street without seeing trash in vacant lots and sitting on the curb, they’re more likely to tell others that the area isn’t where they want to visit or live or even be near. And when properties don’t sell, the market in that area as a whole begins to decrease in value.
4.If an illegal dump site is left unchecked the dumped trash can cause floods either by blocking the natural pathways of water or speeding up the process of erosion. What Can You Do? Illegal dumping is a considerable problem all over the world, and the only way it will be resolved is if people change their behavior and patterns of doing thongs. For those who care about the environment, it’s important to not directly contribute to the problem by improperly dumping household trash. Proper disposal may take more time, and in some cases may cost a little more money due to landfill fees, but the time and cost is worth it in order to protect the water we drink and air we breathe. Educate yourself on the proper way to dispose of household products