The UK has implemented very stringent guidelines regarding the disposal of non-biodegradable waste. Since this waste doesn’t decompose, it’s important that we all adhere to the rules and dispose of it correctly and in an eco-friendly manner.

Non-biodegradable waste is a major source of soil, air, and water pollution. Besides, it's cited as the primary cause of serious diseases such as cancer. The following are examples of non-biodegradable waste:

How to safely dispose of non-biodegradable waste

The following are some ways of safely disposing of non-biodegradable waste.

1. Take them to a local recycling facility

Separate metal, plastic, glass, and other non-biodegradable waste and store them ready for recycling. Many suburban and urban areas in the UK have curbside recycling programs where residents can enrol and take their waste for recycling. If such programs aren't available in your area, find a collection and recycling facility near you and take your waste there for processing.

Recycling is the best waste disposal method as it saves landfill spaces and reduces the cost of the raw materials incurred during the mining and manufacturing of new products. Besides, it saves energy and reduces global climate change.

2. Combustion and energy recovery

This method is suitable for disposing of rubber, plastic, and other non-biodegradable wastes. Combustion is an eco-friendly process as the heat generated is converted into energy in the form of electricity.

The following are some benefits of combustion:

  • Reduces trash volumes
  • Saves landfill spaces
  • Serves as a source of energy

3. Disposal at sanitary facilities

Oil, petroleum, medical waste, paint, pesticides, and batteries are hazardous wastes, and they should be disposed of in a sanitary, isolated facility for chemical treatment. Before disposing of these types of waste, ensure that you separate them and handle them carefully to prevent them from getting into the water or soil. Such wastes are toxic, and they're harmful to the environment, humans, and animals.

4. Reduce

We can significantly reduce the non-biodegradable waste we produce by being conscious of the products we buy. You can reduce wastage through the following ways:

  • Buy reusable bottles that you can refill with drinking water.
  • Carry your own basket when doing grocery shopping or buying takeaway food.
  • Find a way to recycle your plastics. For instance, you can use old plastic cans for planting flowers and herbs.

5. Landfills

This is a long-term disposal solution for non-biodegradable waste. Local governments carefully situate landfills to prevent pollutants from getting contaminating the surrounding water and soil. Besides, landfills prevent odours and pests from creating discomfort to humans.

This is a long-term disposal solution for non-biodegradable waste. Local governments carefully situate landfills to prevent pollutants from getting contaminating the surrounding water and soil. Besides, landfills prevent odours and pests from creating discomfort to humans.

Final thoughts

We shouldn't wait until the planet sinks into the garbage crisis. Our waste is our responsibility. Recycle, reduce, and separate the waste. Everyone has to do their share.