HOW SOLID WASTE AFFECTS HUMAN HEALTH AROUND THE WORLD

The increase in solid waste throughout the world is significantly increasing the danger to human health. Long exposures to these chemicals have adverse effects to not only the human becoming a risk to human life but everything living in this natural environment. Examples of these solid wastes that have threatening consequences on human health if not properly managed include municipal solid waste and radioactive waste. Municipal solid waste has on several occasion caused the outbreak of life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid. The Radioactive waste, on the other hand, has led to deformed births in Japan and Russia where such waste has slipped out of management control.

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The municipal waste is expanding at an alarming rate in the world and there are no adequate measures taken on their disposal. Despite the efforts by the developed countries like the USA on recycling this type of waste to eliminate it danger to public health, less developed countries are still struggling disease outbreaks related to human waste and have caused great effect to the people including deaths (salaam, pg. 70). The radioactive waste is another dangerous form of solid waste that has long-term effect to the environment and the human. An example is the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster and the Chernobyl disaster in Russia where radioactive wastes have serious birth defects to those affected Sankoh et al, pg.12)
In conclusion, the managing solid waste can the only sure way to reduce its effects and harm to the human health. The disasters associated with waste mismanagement include death, illness and birth defects can be significantly reduced. Municipal solid waste can be recycled and the radioactive waste well managed.

Response to discussion


I agree with your views on the negative impacts of solid waste disposal on the environment and human effect as you have illustrated in your article. However, I am of the opinion that it does not clearly illustrate how solid waste directly affects human health and the environment with particular cases. In addition, you have highlighted the causes of human waste as only related to population increase. I disagree with your idea because the problem is on mismanagement of solid waste, not necessarily on population growth. Your use of the statistics is relevant to support your ideas to solid waste management. In addition, you may consider highlighting specific best strategies to combat the effect of solid waste on the human environment.

Works cited


Sankoh, Foday Pinka, Xiangbin Yan, and Quangyen Tran. “Environmental and Health Impact of Solid Waste Disposal in Developing Cities: A Case Study of Granville Brook Dumpsite, Freetown, Sierra Leone.” Journal of Environmental Protection 2013 (2013).


Abul, Salam. “Environmental and health impact of solid waste disposal at Mangwaneni dumpsite in Manzini: Swaziland.” Journal of Sustainable development in Africa 12.7 (2010): 64-78.