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What Happens to Your Junk After You Dump It?

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To know about what happens after junk removal, read this article.

Have you ever thought about what happens to junk and garbage that we do junk removal? Here’s what eventually is done with the waste: 

The majority of our junk is either land-filled or incinerated (burnt).

There are different types of landfills, some designated for hazardous wastes and others for household rubbish. For example, electronic waste is not considered a hazardous material but rather just a toxic one. However, it’s not thrown into the same landfill as your everyday junk because electronics contain metals and chemicals that can harmfully affect the environment. And just as you’d think, toxic waste isn’t dumped next to regular trash either because of air and water contamination hazards.

Landfills have become more technologically advanced over the years to help prevent groundwater contamination and erosion problems. For instance, as mentioned above, these days there are separate landfills for each type of waste, rather than dumping all garbage into a huge pile of trash. With electronic waste, recyclers have developed facilities to crush and separate the materials used in creating an electronic product. This makes it easier for manufacturers to extract the different elements of each item, which can then be recycled or reused.

For plastic waste, manufacturing companies are looking into ways to improve recycling programs after they are dumped in plastic dump yards. From there, the plastic waste is sent to different recycling centers.

The Landfills vs. Waste Incineration Debate

There are several debates on landfills vs waste incineration regarding which is worse for the environment. Still, in a number of countries, neither option is really acceptable so they have come up with an alternative solution— burying trash in landfills in the ocean.

The types of wastes that go into the oceans are generally plastics and other non-biodegradable products. Household garbage is also recycled to a certain extent. However, a lot of it ends up in the ocean too, which is a cause of concern for many environmentalists. But many people agree that it’s less of an environmental threat than dumping sewage into the sea.

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