How Does Poor Waste Management Affect the Environment?

The way we dispose of waste is incredibly important. We understand this more than ever, thanks to the effects that poor waste management has had on the environment. All over the world, improper disposal of plastic, office junk, building materials, chemicals and many more forms of waste, has destroyed countless ecosystems.

These days, we are more educated about the impact of poor waste management than ever before. This means that we’re better armed to tackle the problem of waste, and turn the tide. But before we talk about action, we must reiterate the impact that poor waste management has on the environment in Sydney, and around the world.

Soil contamination

Soil contamination occurs when hazardous and poisonous substances are left to seep into the earth. That might include chemicals from industrial businesses, cleaning agents, oil, and much more. Even plastics can cause soil contamination over time, having a dire effect on plants, animals, and even humans who live in close proximity.

Unfortunately, landfills have been a big source of soil pollution. Many years ago, landfills were not sealed, meaning all kinds of toxic substances were permitted to seep into the surrounding soil. The same occurs in many countries around the world, though Australia now has strict laws and regulations on sealing landfills.

The issue with this is that while people may believe that they are doing the right thing by placing their rubbish in the bin (obviously that’s the best place for it), the waste is still causing pollution when it arrives in landfills. Therefore, greater change is needed in the way that waste is dealt with after removal. Here, reduction of waste in the first place is of critical importance.

Water Contamination

Arguably worse than soil contamination, is water contamination. Once a pollutant has entered a waterway, it can spread incredibly quickly, killing all sorts of marine and plant life. The most common culprits are again, chemicals and liquids like oil and grease. Plastic is another main offender, with many plastic items destroying habitats and killing fish.

Larger items are also an issue. Many people simply dump their waste in public parks and green areas, right by waterways. When it rains, or there are heavy winds, many pieces of waste can be blown into the waterways, where they then contaminate the surrounding environment. This in turn, has a devastating effect on the local ecosystem.

Even more than that, waste that arrives in drains, rivers and streams often eventually ends up in the oceans. The oceans are an incredibly important to the wellbeing of the planet. As we’ve seen in recent years, there is a critical problem with plastic waste in the oceans… and poor waste management is precisely the problem.


Microplastics are a serious issue affecting people and the environment around the world. These particles are the byproduct of plastic that breaks down into smaller pieces. Much of the time, they are too small to see with the naked eye. They are now found in many fish and marine animals, and disturbingly, in human beings.

The best way to reduce the occurrence of microplastics is to ensure that plastic waste is reduced and managed properly in the first place. For example, recycling all of your plastic items in the appropriate manner. When it comes to dealing with large items that contain plastic, like Sydney office junk, you need a rubbish removal company in Sydney.

Air pollution

Air pollution is another common issue caused by poor management of waste… but its effects aren’t obvious to the naked eye. This means that air pollution often goes under the radar, and isn’t discovered until it’s too late. This kind of pollution can also be very difficult to treat and reduce, because it’s not simply an act of removing physical waste.

One main source of air pollution is the gases that are emitted by landfills. Thanks to rotting organic matter and chemicals, a range of airborne contaminants are released into the atmosphere. These pollutants can then cause all kinds of health problems for people and wildlife nearby.

Organic waste such as food and garden waste, must be managed and disposed of in the correct manner. This will go a long way towards reducing the harmful effects of decomposing matter in landfills around Sydney, Australia and the rest of the world.

Sustainable Sydney rubbish removal

At Sydney City Rubbish, we are extremely passionate about sustainable waste management in Sydney. We understand the impact that poor waste management can have on the environment, better than most. On the other hand though, we see how well-managed waste can aide the environment, and help to reverse some of the ill-effects.

Sydney office junk removal

We’re the experts in removing office junk for businesses all over Sydney. That includes e-waste, furniture, and much more. Hiring us ensures that your waste is dealt with responsibly, meaning that ultimately, you’re having a more positive impact on the environment.

Construction and demolition waste

We work with a large number of building and demolition companies to ensure that waste is repurposed, recycled and reused wherever possible. Historically, building waste has been a big source of pollution. This is why we’re so passionate about ensuring that rubble, brick, metal, plastic and more, is dealt with in the most sustainable way possible.

Garden waste

While garden waste is almost entirely biodegradable, it still contributes to methane emissions. This is exactly why responsible waste management ensures that garden waste is not dumped in landfill. Rather, we can remove your Sydney garden waste and ensure that it is turned into compost or other compounds.

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