If all the waste we generate is biodegradable; will this have no impact on the environment?

Asked by  | 4th Mar, 2012, 06:19: PM

Expert Answer:

That depends on the amount of waste generated. Our environment is able to degrade biodegradable waste at a particular pace. But dumping huge amounts of waste, even if biodegradable, will end up polluting the environment. This is because nature will be unable to decompose the waste into harmless materials at the right time.

If produced in excess, biodegradable waste can create the following problems:

i)                    Rotting of large amounts of biodegradable waste in open emanates foul odour

ii)                   Heaps of biodegradable waste provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes, flies and worms which spread many diseases.

iii)                 Large amounts of biodegradable waste can also cause blockage of drains, which in turn causes unhygienic conditions and multiplication of mosquitoes.

iv)                 Accumulation of biodegradable waste in water bodies could lead to problems like algal bloom, which leads to deficiency of dissolved oxygen and eutrophication.

So a proper system of collecting, transporting and disposing the biodegradable waste needs to be put in place, in order to minimise the impact on environment.

Answered by  | 20th Mar, 2012, 07:57: AM

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