Waste management is rapidly becoming an issue that everyone of us has to address. What used to be simple disposal decades ago are rendered obsolete because industrialization is steadily moving at a rapid rate. Aside from exponentially increasing the volume of garbage all over the world, industrialization has also created new waste products that can’t be addressed with conventional disposal methods. The usual incineration and landfill dumping are absolutely impractical and dangerous when applied to a lot of new waste products born out of byproducts from chemical reactions.
Amidst all these new compounds that the human race has to deal with to mitigate garbage accumulation, the waste management hierarchy is still a good guideline to observe. Before resolving waste materials through disposal, it’s highly recommended to address the source of the problem, should it exist. The very first level of the waste management hierarchy is prevention. If at all possible, production of waste materials and byproducts should be avoided when they are unnecessary. One example of this is elimination of multiple layers of packaging for certain products. A lot of packaging methods today focus on marketing as opposed to efficiency in how their products are packaged. Initially, a lot of us may think that leaning into extravagant packaging methods is not cost-effective. However, they are aware of the fact that consumers are more keen on purchasing visually pleasing product packages than those that are plain looking. There has to be universal understanding among all of us to demand from those in authority to impose a rule for environment-friendly packaging techniques.
San Francisco is no exception from wanton waste production. Even though many people in the locale are doing their part to clean the environment, there will always be irresponsible individuals who couldn’t care less about the place we live in. To add insult to injury, these irresponsible individuals cause significantly more damage than what responsible people do to repair. On top of that, there are large industrial plants that take their hazardous waste disposal in San Francisco for granted. The regulations and guidelines are nonchalantly thrown out the window because those who are in authority turn a blind eye and are irresponsible too.
Disposal is the very least preferred method in waste management. This is essentially the last resort in waste management wherein we just give up on it and try to bury it and pray it won’t haunt us for the decades to come.