When buying a new product for your home, the last thing on your mind will be how you’re going to throw it away. This creates a long-term problem, though, as most people don’t actively keep track of how much waste they’re generating. This has extremely damaging implications for the environment in the long run.
The average American disposes of about 4.40 pounds of waste every day. What’s worse, most of us don’t even realize the harm the products we throw away cause. Items like plastic are dangerous because of their extremely long lifespan and inability to disintegrate. Let’s go over just a few items that are far more wasteful than you’d think.
Any and Every Kind of Plastic!
Studies show that around 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills every day. Remember, this is just bottles we’re talking about; we use an array of plastic products at home for different purposes, like straws, bags, wraps, and many more. Plastic is all around us and the sad thing is that it’s here to stay.
Plastic is a human-made non-biodegradable substance, built to be long-lasting and preserve items or products. It has a lifespan ranging anywhere between 10 to 1000 years! When it ends up being tossed in landfills, it just keeps piling up, long after you’ve already decomposed.
Single Use Items
A lot of items in homes are for one-time use only, after which they’re conveniently thrown away and almost always find their way to landfills. Moreover, most of them also lack the ability to be recycled, making them even more deadly.
Styrofoam, disposable diapers, and even sanitary pads can take anywhere from 500 to a million years to decompose entirely; who knows if the earth will even make it till then.
Cigarette butts don’t take as long, but are the single largest contributor to ocean waste.
Instead of recycling or donating them, most people’s used electronics end up being tossed out after serving their purpose. If you ask us, that’s the real waste, since electronic products are probably the easiest to recycle or re-use. They can even just be broken down for their parts. However, items like batteries, televisions and even computers find their way to landfills where they break down and leak harmful chemicals like lead or mercury into the soil.
Getting rid of all of your unwanted junk or hauling furniture away does seem like a chore; most of the times, people just want to toss such items aside and forget about them. Well, at Junk Call, we want to make your life easier!
By simply scheduling an appointment, we come to your doorstep to offer our professional junk removal services, giving you the chance to help make the environment around you junk-free. Contact us now and we’ll take care of your junk the right way!