The World As A Garbage Dump
Living With Garbage
I hope we don't wait until we find ourselves knee deep in garbage like a hoarder house until we take some action.
People try to move to a more rural place only to find that their home is over a toxic waste dump or a nearby business is poisoning the ground water. Living near the large farm factories is fraught with dangers. Being large they have more power than you. Their pesticides and fecal wastes could ruin the soil, air and water.
The term small world is so true. The earth is not unlimited. It can go on and exist in some form without us. We cannot exist in just any old environment.
Space is also being filled with junk. Old, no longer used, lost and broken equipment continues to reside in outer space. The issue with that is they can come falling back to earth causing death and destruction.
Garbage Dumping in Poor Neighborhoods
Dump sites comprised of filth, trash and toxic materials seem to find their way to the poorer areas. It is believed that this is on purpose. People who live there have less power be it economic or political. In some instances the dumping is done illegally under the cloak of darkness. Neighborhood activists along with the residents of these communities are fighting back.
Plans For Garbage
Is piling garbage in various places instead of recycling a good long term plan?
Shipping Garbage Overseas
Shipping the rubbish to poor communities then poor countries is just delaying the problems and adding new ones. Some of the Somali pirates were using the fact that their waters were used as toxic dump sites by richer nations as reasons that they could no longer be fishermen. Of course the problem is more complicated than that but being surrounded by toxic waters and living next to toxic dumps can limit your occupational choice as your health and lifestyle.
E-waste is shipped to places where they are supposed to be recycled if possible. They are taken apart sometimes by children and the hard drives of computers are separated and sold. Of course some people who are looking for information to use in criminal activities buy them. Others are just looking for computer parts.
Out Sourcing Garbage
- EU, US Dumping Toxic Waste in Africa; Radioactive Materials Dumped on Somalia Coast, Nigerian and Ha
Toxic waste being dumped in Africa and Haiti
- Nigeria, India, others are dumping ground for US, EU's e-waste
Despite the enactment of legislations aimed at ending e- waste dumping by the European Union, some states are still using African countries as a dumping ground for their toxic waste.
- Garbage Dumping: Europe’s Waste Smuggled to Poor Countries
With more stringent recycling and waste disposal laws now in place, European companies are finding it difficult to foot the additional costs of disposing of garbage responsibly.
Poll On Outsourcing Garbage
Should Nations Outsource Their Garbage?
Books on Waste Dumps
- Ocean Dumping of Chemical Weapons
From World War I until the 1970s, dumping of chemical weapons at sea was the accepted practice for disposal.
- Ocean Pollution
Discusses various types of ocean pollution.
- The World's Largest Dump: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
This rubbish-strewn patch floats within the North Pacific Gyre, the center of a series of currents several thousand miles wide that create a circular effect, ensnaring trash and debris.
- Drowning in plastic: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of France
There are now 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre of the world's oceans, killing a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year. Worse still, there seems to be nothing we can do to clean it up. So how do we turn the tide?