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Waste management is our responsibility

Write an article for your school newsletter on the various waste disposal methods and their pros and cons.
 

Hong Kongers generate about 15,000 tons of waste daily. If this mountain of waste is disposed of properly, then we have little to worry about. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Litter is strewn all over the country -- in car parks, empty lots, back lanes, drains, rivers -- practically everywhere. the sights are all so familiar, the stench is overpowering, yet we display our indifference. The crux of the problem is attitude.

In response to this, the government has begun a recycling campaign as a long-term measure to ensure the efficient management of waste. Recycling involves the separating of rubbish -- metal, glass, plastic and paper. the waste is then taken to collection centers which turn the waste materials into reusable products. Recycling is an efficient method of reducing waste without polluting the environment. It also cuts down the use of raw materials and energy required to produce new products.

Other waste disposal methods come with attendant risks to health and the environment. One of the most common methods of waste disposal is landfills where waste is dumped and left to decompose. While landfills are convenient and cheap, they release toxic gases. Landfill gas can kill vegetation. Methane, a greenhouse gas, is released when landfill waste decomposes and this also contributes to global warming. Besides, decaying waste also attracts pests such as rats and carrion-eating birds.

Waste materials can be burned in incinerators. When waste in burned, carbon dioxide and other hazardous air pollutants are released into the atmosphere. Thus, although this method is a convenient and quick way of getting rid of waste, it has its disadvantages as well.

Now that we all realize the environmental degradation that ensues from the country's waste, let us be more responsible citizens. The more waste we generate, the more we have to dispose of and the more waste we dispose of, the more money we will have to pay. We have no choice but to heed the government's call to reduce, reuse and recycle.

     
crux   the most difficult part
     
attendant   accompanying
     
carrion   dead and decaying flesh
 
 

 

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