How do improper waste management and disposal affect air quality?
If you dispose of something improperly, does it really make a difference? It might make more of a difference than you realize. Keep reading to learn more about how waste management affects air quality.
Phillip Imler, Ph.D., Founder, and President at National Parks.
Greenhouse Gases Contribute to Global Warming
Improper waste management releases greenhouse gases that directly affect the environment and contribute to global warming. The possibility of endangering the ozone layer significantly diminishes when garbage is properly disposed of, meaning that recyclable materials are collected properly and goods meant for reuse are used appropriately. Air quality and climate change are closely related, and hence the ecosystem and the planet will suffer the more carelessness there is.
Jeremy James, Founder, and CEO at Blue Water Climate Control.
Harmful Gases Lead to Diseases
Improper waste disposal is quite fatal for mankind because of the release of harmful gases into the air which releases when the waste breaks down. Harmful greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide, are released into the air and contaminate the air which eventually leads to several airborne diseases. Not only diseases, but these gases also lead to global climate change. The ozone layer depletion is widely due to this very reason.
Chel Gacrama, Content Editor at Castnoble.
Pollutants Cause Urban Smog to Form
Improper waste management and disposal can affect air quality in a number of ways. It can cause the release of hazardous materials into the air, the emission of harmful gases into the air, and the formation of urban smog.
Improperly disposed waste can lead to smog formation because it contains pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. These pollutants form ground-level ozone when they mix with sunlight in urban areas or rural communities with limited access to roads and transportation networks.
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