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Waste Management Essay

2860 words - 12 pages

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
School of Design and Arts
Multimedia Arts Program

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The term usually relates to materials produced by human activity, and is generally undertaken to reduce their effect on health, the environment or aesthetics. Waste management is also carried out to recover resources from it. Waste management can involve solid, liquid, gaseous or radioactive substances, with different methods and fields of expertise for each.”
Waste management or the proper ways of managing garbage (on laymen’s terms) is the right handling of things we, humans consume--whether it is food that we eat and discharge; or paper the we use up and throw away, or plastic bags over the supermarket that we no longer need afterwards—its all waste that needs proper management.

History
All throughout history, waste is already part of human life. The consumption of what is in our environment is already like instinct for man as the natural consumption has a natural produce of waste. Even at the times of ancient civilizations, the proper disposal of wastes has been practiced.  In the early 1900's, the leading countries like the United States, major parts of Europe and China are doing waste collection/composition.  Disposal methods has been evolving also from open pits located just outside the city walls on the latter of BC to the knowledge we have today with methods such as recycling, incineration, landfill, etc.  
Though the effort of managing waste has been practiced even before, repetitive cases of the lack on managing waste in a wider level has been observed all throughout history too. The ratio of waste is greater than the overall effort of the communities in properly disposing it. These repetitive cases did produce or did add more to the increasing pollution every period of history. This led to a lot of water pollution that attracted a lot of diseases perpetually. Also, though knowledge did increase on the understating of garbage threat, the increase of population up to the modern times together with the boom of industrialization makes waste be more than the managing of it.

Sub issues
“People didn't understand garbage was a threat until urban populations boomed,” as one article states. Recklessness in terms of waste disposal still exist especially on our national level though the efforts of the authorities in making laws about the issue and the continuous developing research over methods do progress. Like what was stated and observe all throughout history, waste produced is more than the effort upon managing it and containing it to that point of not too much to become harmful.

The lack of participation and the existing apathy combined with ignorance of what-to-do’s of the general public towards proper waste management ceases a lot of progress in terms of implementing ways of properly disposing waste/garbage. Unlike decades ago where population is a lot lesser than today, the impact the small acts of improper garbage disposal do affect much in a macro level.

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