In most Nigerian households, Saturday is the official household cleaning day. From washing clothes and toilets to sweeping every corner and decluttering.
On days like this, over 15,000,000 households across the country without access to sustainable waste management services indiscriminately dispose their wastes in the environment, either by burning, discarding along drainage ways or on open dumps at street corner.
Here’s what you should know about indiscriminate waste disposal;
1) There are millions of other households doing it- so together tonnes of waste which the environment cannot adequately process is being released.
2) Indiscriminate waste disposal is directly related to public health- it creates breeding spaces for disease carriers that spread malaria and Cholera. It pollutes surface water and make air unbreathable.
3) Disposing all of those wastes is literally rubbing the economy of raw materials and depriving millions of young people jobs that would be created in industries using the raw materials.
At least 30% of your household wastes are easily recyclable.
Another economic effect of indiscriminate waste disposal is that it reduces the worth of properties within the community.
Now that you know; before trashing your waste, think recycling and use ecobarter’s household recycling dictionary to confirm which is recyclable. Click here to check the recycling dictionary .
Once you’ve decided to recycle your wastes, find the closest recycling hub near you here.
Choose Responsible Consumption, choose Recycling.