It seems almost impossible to think of a time when waste disposal wasn’t in our lives. Today, kerbside rubbish collection is one of the most convenient services that households receive. The disposal of standard household waste a lot easier, the roads are more hygienic and the risk of disease that threatened previous centuries is no longer a serious threat.
Waste services have become a part of our everyday lives, so much so that until you stop and think, you don’t realise how important these services are to society. In the UK, having a good rubbish removal system isn’t something we should take for granted since these developments have done such much for human civilization.
For greater insight into how waste services have transformed civilization, read on for all you need to know.
How has rubbish removal changed over time?
During the early years of civilisation, way back during the Roman Empire, for example, rubbish disposal was not a major problem. Packaging waste such as plastic and cardboard were not a part of the problem so the only waste that needed to be sorted was ash, food and human waste. These products we able to quickly degrade back into the ecosystem and items such as tools were handed down from generation to generation are were rarely disposed of without good reason.
It wasn’t until the age of industrialisation that other types of waste started to become a problem. With industrialisation came urbanisation and this meant populations started to grow and the accumulation of waste grew. Industrial businesses began to produce more and more waste and this affected the sanitation and general conditions of urban life. Streets began to fill with waste and by the time the Victoria era came around, the need for proper rubbish removal was at an all-time high.
What sparked the change?
Calls for a better waste removal system started as early as 1751, when Corby Morris an English official and economic writer, proposed that cleaning the city of London should be put under public management for the sake of public health. As a result, dust yards were established – perhaps the first example of a zero-waste system. Driven by the monetary value of household waste, ‘dust’ or household items and ash were collected by dustmen until the market value of dust collapsed.
Waste carried on as a major problem in London, as the streets filled with rubbish and households continued to throw their human waste out of their windows – this spurred a devastating outbreak of cholera sparking an emergency public health debate. In 1842, the Sanitary Condition of the Labouring Population report written by social reformer Edwin Chadwick argued for adequate waste removal. This gradually evolved until the Nuisance Removal and Disease Prevention Act of 1846 and the Public Health Act 1875, which made it compulsory for every household to deposit their weekly waste in ‘moveable receptacles’ also known as the dust-bin.
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Modern waste removal
Fast forward to today, modern waste management is much different. The Household Waste Recycling Act 2003 requires every household in England to provide each household with at least two types of different collections for recyclable materials. Making a swift move away from using landfill sites, in today’s society recycling is encouraged and rubbish collection services make it easier to get rid of your rubbish properly.
In the UK, life-threatening sewage system and poor waste disposal is a thing of the past. The main concern today is making the shift from unsustainable waste disposal and concentrating on recycling and other systems that can help the planet. In some ways, waste disposal has taken a 360-degree turn, as we seek simpler ways of disposal such as using biodegradable items, reusing as much as we can and taking responsibility of our business waste as well as domestic rubbish.
Why is modern refuse collection so important?
Can you imagine a society without a rubbish collection service? Waste management companies and council services have done so much for the condition of our society and risks to public health. This is why it’s so important that we maintain the system we have in place and do all we can to improve it, this means using the recycling resources we’re given and not disposing of rubbish in the wrong way.
Waste services have helped human civilisation in the following ways:
As discussed, during the Victorian era hygiene and good sanitation was a huge problem, causing a pandemic for the people of London. Originally thought to have been caused by contaminated air, John Snow soon discovered that contaminated water was the source of cholera. The discovery forced the need for improved sanitation and waste disposal, targeting domestic households as well as commercial premises such as pubs, restaurants and schools. Without this discovery, today we could still be battling with these terrible diseases and putting ourselves in danger.
Household bins and other waste management companies have made waste disposal a lot easier. With different recycling bins at home, local recycling centres and waste disposal services, getting rid of your waste has never been more convenient – so there’s no excuse for not sorting your rubbish properly. Despite all of the systems that are in place, it’s still your responsibility to use them properly.
If rubbish were to pile up on the streets or at your workplace, the environment would become unsafe. Clearing rubbish isn’t only beneficial for health purposes but safety too. Roads would be near enough unusable and work sites would be extremely unsafe. Overflowing waste can lead to fires, especially in offices where paper and cardboard are normally found, as well as slips, trips and falls.
Protecting the planet
The current state of the planet is in need of help. Over the years, improper waste disposal has caused a number of serious issues for the environment. For example, a reliance on landfills has resulted in chemical damage to the atmosphere. However, with more waste services around, rubbish can be sorted in a sustainable way or reduce the need for new materials being produced and energy being wasted. In fact, something as simple as recycling one tin can is enough to generate power to a television for 3 hours.
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