With increase in population growth across the globe along with fast development and rampaging consumerism, contemporary society is facing major challenges in waste management.
Waste management is efficiently used and reduced and then collected, recycled and treated in an adequate manner so that everyone could exercise their rights to and environment with clean air, water, seas and land.
Sustainable waste management is a process focusing on reducing and managing the waste from the sources and it’s a way of thinking that profoundly changes our approaches to resources and production.
Among the major global environmental issues being faced by all developed/developing countries is waste management.
- To provide a comprehensive waste management strategies across the various states
- Good governance – Good Legislation as the key to improving waste management.
- Delivering Innovative solution through science and technology.
- Offering solution/Equipment helping government solve their environmental issues and ensure compliance with environmental regulations
- To influence the way we think and manage waste generally.
- To explore and adopt more environmentally friendly solutions.
Today, E-waste represents the biggest and fastest growing manufacturing waste which barely existed 30 years ago. But do we ever sit down to think about the fate of these gadgets at the end of their useful life?
E-waste is categorized as hazardous waste and being composed as it is, of substances like lead, cadmium and mercury among others, which, if incorrectly disposed, can result in serious damage to human’s health and the environment.
Handling of electronic waste has significant environmental and social consequences. Its unconscionable disposal can adversely trigger soil and groundwater pollution, while taking its toll on human health as well as multifarious flora and fauna.
In 2014, USA generates 50 football fields worth of electronic waste on a daily basis (Heale, 2015). The concept of 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is widely recognised as the solution that will resolve the e-waste issue (Terazono et al., 2006).
- To create awareness in schools and universities.
- Tapping the potential of local electronic repair shops at local and state level through NGOS,s initiative
- strict regulations on scrap dumping from foreign countries
- utilizing social media platform for awareness programs
- Open live debates through electronic media illustrating the detrimental effects of this indispensable waste on society.
- Extending manufacturing responsibility to the post-consumer stage of the product life cycle and also its disposal.
- Maintenance of national level inventory records for e-waste.
Some environmental professionals have posited that industrial waste generation cannot be completely avoided, though their control is very important to the safety of the bigger environment with well a regulated environmental policies on discharge of partially or untreated effluent into public grains; water, air, noise and soil pollution.
Hirsch W. Z. (1998) posited that, companies in unprincipled pursuit of profit can do great social harm. The environment suffers at the hands of companies which put production ahead of environmental protection.
Because of the permanent interaction between man and his environment, our health is to a considerable extent determined by the environmental quality. As a consequence, environment and health are closely related.
The environment in which we live, work and relax, is determining for our health and well-being. Physical, as well as chemical and micro (biological) factors in the environment can have repercussions on our health, both physically and mentally.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) definition of health emphasizes the physical, mental and social well-being: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Health is considered as an overall concept reaching beyond the absence of illness and ailments.
Well-being and quality of life are subject to an impressive number of factors, including psychological, social and environment-related aspects. In addition to positive influences such as green belts and entertainment areas, it is also important to identify the negative factors, such as noise, odour and light nuisance.
However, the relation between environment and health is extremely complex. Although many health problems are taught to be associated with environmental pollution, it is difficult to assess the seriousness, extent and causes of environment-related diseases. Besides environmental-related causes, there are other factors which can directly or indirectly lead to the same health problems.
The impact on our health not only involves the consequences of air, ground and water pollution, but also other factors, such as genetic susceptibility, food contamination, radiation, life style and life quality.
When analysing relations between environment and health, it is of vital importance to consider a broader definition of "environment": not only the quality of the air, water and ground, but also indoor air quality, food and the living and working environment need to be taken into account.
The mission of CCAECI is to protect human health and the environment. To accomplish this, CCAECI tries to ensure adequate access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks
We all come into contact with toxins (another name for poisons) in the environment. Some are in our food, our homes, and where we work and play. There are things you can do to limit contact with them. Here are some suggestions to make your food, home, and community safer. Remember that toxins are different depending where you live, so find out about those in your local area.
- Choose personal care and baby products with fewer toxins: Check the safety of your personal care products, like shampoo, soap, and deodorant
- Reduce your exposure to pesticides or Treat pests with non-toxic and least-toxic alternatives
- Reduce toxins in your work place or school: Learn about the chemicals, hazards, or exposures in a particular industry or job.
Children may suffer disproportionately from environmental health risks and safety risks. Learn about the risks and how to help protect children from them.
KEEPING HEALTHY AND SAFE
As we age, our bodies are more susceptible to hazards from the environment which may worsen chronic or life threatening conditions. Learn about the risks to older people and how to reduce hazards.