Harmful Products & Chemicals Garbage Dump – Threat to Animal Life
Though its a very old topic to write, but sadly, after seeing the animals and birds eating from waste again and again in this pandemic we couldn’t stop ourselves to once again speak up and spread awareness about this and save all life, whether its wild life or human’s.
Garbage dumps – A very important and essential part for keeping the environment clean, the modern garbage dumps are full of harmful products and chemicals and are acting as a serious threat to animal and plant life and because of these dumps there is a shift in food habits of birds and wild animals further impacting their health and body.
In spite of segregation efforts it is seen that the garbage dumps still consist of medical waste, together with wet and dry waste.
Medical waste is waste created as a result of diagnosing, treating, and immunizing animals or people. Let’s classify the Medical waste into four categories, which is , infections, hazardous, radioactive, and general. Infectious waste contains a sufficient amount of a pathogen which is the main cause off spread of infections to the environment and animals who are exposed to it which is further transferred to humans, which includes bandages, used surgical gloves and clothes, blood and other body fluids and tissues, syringes, etc.
The major problem with medical waste is improper disposing of the medical products. There are disposable sites where wet foods are mixed with other biodegradable and medical wastes like plastics, cotton, syringe, glass bottles, metal cans, light bulbs, cartons etc. Now most of the animals and birds in search of food end up in these harmful garbage’s which effects their whole body – which includes vital parts like digestive system and immune system. Many cities and states have they own segregation system like Bangalore, India has the dry and wet waste system and a separate collection day for Sanitary waste so that all waste are separated and are out of reach of anyone, similarly other states and countries should also have the segregation practice and awareness should be spread among the people who are throwing the waste here and there.
It is seen that an ecological shift is happening where most animal species at some places are becoming more dependent on garbage food waste (which is mixed with other substances). If we don’t enforce proper waste management strategies, particularly in and around natural sites and forest areas, it would have disastrous implications on wildlife.
Trash unloading locales have both physical and toxicological implications on creature life. Plastics present in trash gets ingested by wild creatures, prompting deadly wounds and harm to stomach related plot which brings about starvation, ulceration of stomach, diminished wellness, development issues and unexpected passing.
Now, if we are taking about the medical waste in this pandemic then face mask is at the top, face mask has now become an essential part of lively-hood. There are many daily use face mask created which can be disposed after wearing (not only mask’s– other items of PPE, such as gloves, are also being discarded in high numbers). , but one thing needs to be kept in mind that virus can survive on a plastic surgical mask for seven days, and when animals comes in contact with this – they are the most to be affected as they cannot tell the difference between plastic items and their prey, and which leads to subsequently choking on pieces of litter.
If they do not choke, still animals can become malnourished as the materials fill up their stomachs, which can damage their intestine. Smaller animals may also become entangled in the elastic within the masks or within gloves as they begin to break apart.
- So in order to lessen this people can actually focus on more on reusable mask which can be washed in washing machines regularly without any filters and its not harmful( follow the fabric instruction as well)
- Always Try to carry a spare mask, so if something goes wrong with the one you’re wearing you don’t need to buy a disposable mask.
- If you have to use a disposable mask, take it home, may be in your bag and then put it straight into a bin with a lid. If not possible then put it in a public bin which has lid and close it so that it is out of reach of anybody.
- Don’t put disposable masks in the recycling as they can be caught by specialist recycling equipment and in turn can be a potential bio hazard to waste workers.
- And the most important Whatever you do, but do not litter them!
Above points will actually help spread any kind of disease to animals and further human’s as well.
Note: If there is a public waste bin with no lid avoid throwing waste in that, always throw the waste in a bin which has lid and can be closed. Speak out and raise your voice and spread awareness if waste bin’s are not maintained.
Save them, Do not harm them
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