how to get rid of non-biodegradable wastes? explain some ways.

Asked by YASHASVI NARULA | 19th May, 2012, 10:24: AM

Expert Answer:

Following the three R's i.e. reduce, reuse and recycle helps to reduce a large amount of the non-biodegradable waste produced. Wherever possible, the used non-biodegradable material should be reused.
In many cases, they can be recycled. The glass, plastic and metal wastes need to be separated from other non-biodegradable waste for recycling. Many urban and suburban areas have curbside recycling programs. Recycling saves space in landfills and reduces the amount of virgin materials that must be mined or manufactured to make new products, saving energy and reducing global climate change in the process.
Some non-biodegradable waste like used rubber tires and plastic can be burned at combustion facilities. Most of these facilities use the heat generated by incineration to make energy in the form of steam or electricity, which reduces their demand for other nonrenewable resources, including coal and petroleum.
Landfills provide long-term storage for non-biodegradable waste. However landfills need to be carefully situated to prevent contamination from entering surrounding soil and water, and managed to reduce odor and pests as much as possible.

Answered by  | 21st May, 2012, 08:17: AM

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