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Waste Management : A Comparison Between The UK And India

There is a huge difference in relation to the standards of waste disposal methods used both here in the UK and India. Even though India has recently grown as a nation in terms of power and stature, sewage and waste infrastructure has failed to improve and in some cases has worsened. On the contrary, waste management and infrastructure in the UK is exceptionally efficient and economical.

Waste Management Issues in India

The most well known cause for bad sewages and waste management in India recently is due to a large influx of people from rural areas that have flocked to the cities of India. This means that the infrastructure of waste management as it is now, cannot cope with the extra people and therefore, has created havoc within India in terms of environmental cleanliness or in this case, a lack of.

Recently, a report conducted by officials provided an estimation of waste generation figures expected by 2047 that waste generation in India's cities will increase by five times in comparison with today’s figures. This could be catastrophic for the residents of India and the Government, as we all know that germs can cause deadly diseases and if the situation gets that far, could be very difficult to contain.

Currently, bad waste management and infrastructure has reported to be so severe that wildlife species often found in marshlands, have died out. Wildlife such as frogs, have been amongst those affected by waste and sewage. This is how bad it is now for wildlife, which makes it a severe issue for India to solve and manage effectively.

The official report also suggests that the investigation carried out in the city of Bangalore has exposed that more than half of the waste produced in the city is un-treated. Quite a revelation in such an up and coming country and is one which could seriously jeopardise the future of the country in several different ways.

Moreover, because of the inadequate waste management in India, water within lakes and so forth are being polluted. Again, this isn’t a problem of the future that India faces, it’s happening now and presents a whole host of serious problems, including not having enough clean water to go around and as a consequence have to pump fresh water across long distances for people. At one point the fresh water will dry up if the problem is not rectified.

So, why is waste management in the UK, successful?

In UK, many effective actions have been put in place to deal with the issue of waste generation. The Waste Prevention Programme for England is designed to help businesses and people understand how to reduce waste, use resources efficiently and save money. They have also produced laws which make businesses responsible for what they produce. A range of actions are also being taken to improve recycling and waste collection from households. Reducing the amount of hazardous waste – potentially harmful to environment or human health – is also being taken into account. They are also continuously working to get the right infrastructure in place to deal with waste. A range of measures are being taken to deal with waste crime- which includes the operation of illegal waste-management sites and illegal export of waste.

Looking at the systems in place for both the countries, it is evident that UK has more advanced infrastructure in place and is constantly working to improve it. However, India needs to work a lot more to sort out its escalating problem of waste disposal, without using urban expansion and population growth as an excuse.

Finding the Right Strategy

Finding the right waste management strategies for your business is difficult. You need to firstly ensure that your waste management solution(s) meet the full legislation laws and CSR. Secondly, you need to ensure that the strategy isn’t costing the business too much.

The environment comes first in regards to waste management and your plan should reflect this. Below are some of the services that you should consider to carry out effective waste management:

  • Waste recycling services.
  • Hazardous waste services.
  • Hazardous goods training.
  • Hazardous waste registration.
  • Packaging waste services.
  • Battery collection and recycling.

Not all of the above waste management strategies will be relevant to all businesses i.e. packaging waste services may not be applicable for businesses that do not produce much package wastage.


Tim is the author of this article and is an expert in both construction site cleaning and construction site catering as well.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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Why Recycling Scrap Metal is Better for the Environment

Whether or not you have an interest in the environment, you will not be able to escape news on it these days. More and more individuals are beginning to change the way they live their lives in a bid to do their bit. Whether they are recycling at home, buying from retailers with strong environmental policies or simply cutting back on chemicals in a bid for a healthier existence it appears the environment topic is not one that is going away, even for those who doubt global warming is a real issue.

In the 21st Century we are all working hard to improve our quality of life and hoping to leave something for our grandchildren’s children to enjoy. We are all learning to put our recyclable goods in certain bins for suitable collection and opting for organic goods over ones full of pesticides. Businesses too are more environmentally conscious than ever before, not only because of legislation but also because consumers care. One of the ways businesses are being encouraged to help improve their corporation’s responsibilities is by examining their waste products and finding ways to ensure they are not ending up in the landfill or contaminating the environment.

Scrap metal is a common by-product found in production. Rather than simply allowing this metal to fill up landfill sites the metal should be recycled. But why? How is recycling scrap metal responsibly good for the environment?

  • Scrap metal can be melted down and reused in various industries and for multiple uses. This reduces the need to create new metal which is environmentally intensive.
  • The waste products produced when making metal are all bad for the environment. Reusing metal reduces the production of these waste products.
  • Toxic fumes are created when manufacturing metal. By reusing instead of making more we cut down on the amount of pollution that is produced.
  • Scrap metal is just as good as using newly produced metals, so why let it go to waste when it is perfectly usable?
  • Recycling scrap metal is not only better for the environment; it can also be more affordable and cost effective for the buyer. In this case, everyone wins.

How to Ensure Your Scrap Metal is Properly Recycled

Insider's Guide to Scrap Metal Recycling

Insider's Guide to Scrap Metal Recycling

When you choose to add recycling your company’s scrap metal into your environmental policy you will need to find ways of getting rid of it. In order to make sure it is responsibly reused and not just ending up in landfill sites regardless of what the company are telling you it is necessary to find a reliable company to work with. Waste management firms should have a website that is full of useful information and be willing to discuss what will happen to your scrap metal once it has been collected.

The company should give you a few options on how they can quickly and easily come and remove your waste metals. In addition to the metal collection check to see if they can help you with the recycling of any other waste materials. They should also be happy to take care of any paperwork that is required to show that the waste is being disposed of properly and following legislation. These firms are able to make the act of recycling a lot more pain free for businesses who want to do what they can to reduce their impact on the environment.

Change the Way You Operate

Recycling waste is one of the steps you can take to improve the way you work in regards to helping the environment and match current consumer buying trends.  Combine recycling with less fuel usage, energy conservation, recyclable packaging and eliminating harsh chemicals within the company and you will be making great progress.


Sally Dimmock is a freelance writer and environmentalist who is dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes reduce their impact on the environment. She recommends that companies use scrap yards in Essex to make recycling easy.

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Posted by Guest Author - May 24, 2013 at 7:35 am

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WEEE Recycling Keeps Laptops Out of Landfills

There is extremely high turnover in the computer world. It is rare for someone to hold on to the same computer for more than a few years. Many people get the latest model of laptop as soon as it comes out each year. While the reason for this is obvious, given that each new model boasts substantially-improved performance over the last one, there are also some pretty obvious downsides. The main problem is waste. Every year, a whole generation of laptops and desktops is thrown away to become new fixtures on landfills. This has serious repercussions for the environment.

Permanence

The problem with computer waste is that just like many other machines, the parts will not decompose naturally. Laptops are not biodegradable. As a result, not only is this clearly only a short-term solution, but there may also be long-term repercussions. We are going to have to deal with the waste eventually, and while we wait, some of it is already doing harm. Computers are mostly made from plastic and metal, but there are also some more harmful materials present in miscellaneous components such as motherboard batteries. Various chemicals are free to seep into the ground and the water and cause all manner of trouble for both wildlife and ourselves.

Solutions

The solution to all of this is responsible recycling. It is not hard to see that if we reuse the materials that would otherwise go to waste, we solve many of these problems all at once. It is important to take a stand against wastefulness and make an active effort to recycle everything we can. Computers are a good place to start. Rather than simply throw out your existing PC or laptop, consider taking it to a responsible recycling company. They can undoubtedly find a better use for it than merely dumping it on a landfill.

Best Practices

Directives like WEEE recycling can help to make the world a better place. Although we are unlikely to see vast changes in the short term, our long-term prospects are much better than if we were simply to continue dumping materials as we have done in the past. Proper recycling practices can help to reuse our machines and turn their plastic, metal and glass into new items. This more sustainable circle bodes far better for our future. Look for recycling companies that adhere to WEEE protocols so that you can be sure that your computer will be in good hands.


Guest article brought to you by OCM Business Systems, the PC recycling experts.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - December 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

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