Land pollution

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What is land pollution?

WasteLand pollution is where our land may be as far as being contaminated. All of the bad toxic chemicals and waste, that is left or dumped on our land, causes it to become polluted. All types of waste can be found on land. Some is left behind after human activities and some is washed ashore from boats and sewage outlets. Also, acid rain can pollute our land.


Solutions to land pollution

The solution to land pollution is: Reduce, re-use and recycle. We can try to prevent land pollution by disposing of some waste correctly. Appliances such as refrigerators, should be disposed of by the local council. The best way to arrange this is to give your local council a call and they will come to collect it for you and dispose of it correctly.

recyclingWe can cut down on waste in our dustbins with a little thought and effort. We can separate household waste at home for recycling. More than half of our domestic waste could be recycled or re-used but once it is mixed up, it becomes more difficult to separate different components for recycling. The organic component of waste can also be separated and recycled by composting.

It would make recycling easier, if waste collection authorities set up a system for householders to separate their rubbish into paper, glass and metal. Separate collections would be more expensive in the short term, but save resources, disposal costs and immeasurable environmental damage.

Causes of land pollution

land pollutionWe are creating to much waste due to in particular to much unnecessary packaging. In addition to this, we do not adequately recycle the waste we create. Many of the resources we use in our everyday lives, are disposed of quickly. Food is wrapped in paper or plastic bags, drinks are in throw-away bottles or cans, batteries are disposed of after a short life. To many cans are needlessly ending up in landfill, when they could be recycled into cars, bridges, freezers or more steel cans.

Pollution sources include chemical plants, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, nuclear waste disposal activity, large animal farms, metals production factories, plastics factories, and other heavy industry. Landfills are also the source of many chemical substances entering the soil environment (and often groundwater).

While waste collected from homes, offices and industries may be recycled or burnt in incinerators, a large amount of rubbish is neither burnt nor recycled but is left in certain areas marked by the government as dumping grounds. With the rising standards of living, we are throwing away more things and there is an increase in the quantity of solid waste. This raised to problems such as; Where to find new dumping grounds? 

Effects of land pollution

chemicalsNowadays, there is an excess of waste being dumped. The long term effects of this could be the polution of new building groud. People live or work in nearby areas, could suffer from healthproblems.The health problems that could occur from land pollution, are not very well known at this time. But the problems the amount of toxic chemicals, coming from this waste, are going to cause, are health issues such as deformities or cancers. This is the worrying issue and it is not quite clear yet about the way in which to prevent health problems from land pollution.