Trash, there are everywhere, and for some reason, we never seem to have the capability to manage it without it affecting our health, environment, and lifestyle. When we talk about trash management, we have to look into improving our trashing habits and hygiene. However, most people don’t bother about it and are less concerned about the amount of trash accumulating in their homes and what’s worse is they have even lesser knowledge on how to take care it.
Poor hygiene leads to the improper disposal of trash that ultimately translates into a smelly and unhealthy environment for our neighbors and us. Hygiene can be as simple as washing your hands after a long day at the office to ensuring that you trash all waste properly.
Engaging in proper hygiene refers to living a clean life by imbibing in clean and healthy habits that involve taking care of ourselves. When dirt and secretions accumulate on our body; it blocks our pores preventing ventilation of the skin and creating a dull effect too. Furthermore, we end up smelly, sweaty, and offensive to our neighbors and are treated poorly by society.
To improve our hygiene, we have to take care of our body, environment, and society through proper personal hygiene as showering with soap to remove stuck dirt and germs from the skin, brushing your teeth, personal grooming, proper food disposal, and trash removal.
Waste is generated daily form our homes with the average American disposing trash of almost 5 pounds and increasing. As our lives become busier, a simple task as removing our trash is difficult making our living spaces inhabitable. Waste includes food remnant, packages, plastics, and other materials. The first attempt at managing trash at home is to employ the three R’s. The reuse reduces and recycles method. This not only reduces the trash pile up but cuts back our trash level to the barest minimum.
How separating trash to help the environment?
Waste separation might not seem like much too some people, but these small changes can make a significant impact on the environment. When we trash biodegradables and non-biodegradable, we reduce our trash volume by 50 percent thereby reducing biogases, landfill, and dangerous fumes harmful to humans. Furthermore, it reduces pollution, saves cost and boosts the economy. It also reduces the number of trees fell annually, creates an alternative source of energy especially in rural and remote areas of the world.
The complex nature of waste management challenges even the most developed countries on the planets as more money are invested in creating packages and packaging over the world.
The dirt we throw away daily is of two types – biodegradable or non-biodegradable.
Biodegradable is soft and easily decomposed to become soil after a while, examples are food waste, plant and animal wastes. The breakdown is dependent on certain factors like the temperature around the waste bin and the environment, humidity, location of the waste bin, and decomposers that help break it down. This decomposition of trash by this bacteria releases different gases like methane, sulfur, ammonia, and putrescence among others; when combined together give the dustbin its peculiar smell that we all know and hate.
Trash smells putrid, and has adverse effects on our body and cause harm. Even though, the gases emitted from decomposing trash are hazardous because they lack oxygen, are an explosion waiting to happen and is suffocating, the great news is that the little trash can in your kitchen cannot produce enough bio-gas to harm you.
However, scientists are warning people of the side effect of regularly inhaling the smell of decomposing trash and symptoms linked with this are the inability to register and accurately distinguish other smells and skin problems. It has also been discovered that a discomposing bin emits small spores that are harmful when inhaled and can lead to an asthma attack and difficulty breathing.
It is recommended to dispose of bins containing organic trash daily especially in highly humid regions, and trash containers should be placed in cooler areas in the house to reduce the decomposition process.
We can’t really stop ourselves from contacting germs and dirt as we go about our daily business outside our home but within our house; we can put certain measure to keep our home safe and free from germs that can lead to sickness.
We can get infected through various means but living in an unhealthy and smelly environment will escalate an infection to a more dangerous level.
Some steps to take are:
The working environment is one place where infection and diseases are to spread faster due to the close spaces and improper ventilation.
Some preventive tips to stay safe in the office are:
Most communities have trash pickup service located in their vicinity or locality. To contact one, check your telephone directory, ask a neighbor or go online to locate the one closest to you. If you are a new tenant in the neighborhood, register with the trash pickup team with your name and address and endeavor to pay your trash fee on-time before each clearance.
A small amount of trash might not have a significant effect on our health but living with waste around us is detrimental to our health and overall well-being. To avoid falling sick, trash all waste properly and dispose of organic and green scrap instantly or take the trash bin out every morning as you leave for work. Stay clean. Stay safe. Trash well.