Overflowing garbage bins: 5 impacts on health and environment, and how to prevent
Cities around the world are facing great challenges due toincreasing urbanization, and one of the major challenges is the rising amount of generated waste and littering due to high demand for food products and other essentials. Public waste bins are filling up faster than ever and inevitably many of the bins end up overflowing before collected, causing not only cluttered streets and bad odors, but also negative health and environmental impacts.
While in most developed countries the waste collection processes are efficient enough to prevent major disasters from happening, in some cities the careless attitudes of local bodies towards maintaining cleanliness have caused deadly results. One of the cities with major waste problems has been Naples, where the mafia is accused of dumping toxic waste around the city and thereby causing high rates of cancer, allergies and birth defects.
Although not as deadly risky as dumping tons of toxic waste around the city borders, overflowing waste containers are still a great nuisance and a risk for our health and environment. In this article we present five outcomes of overflowing garbage bins and suggest how modern technology could ease the problems by increasing the efficiency of waste collections and informing the waste handlers before the bins overflow.
1. Bacteria, insects and vermin thrive from garbage
2. Overflowing waste causes air pollution and respiratory diseases
3. Garbage contaminates surface waters, which affects all ecosystems
4. Direct handling of overflowing waste exposes for health risks
5. Inefficient waste control is bad for municipal wellbeing