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Simple Solutions: Proper Waste Management at Home Decreases Air Pollution

Once a week we do something that gets that unwanted stuff out of our lives for good. We drag our large trashcan and recycling bins down to the end of the driveway. In the morning, the waste is gone and we have moved on with our lives.

But did you know that many ways in which we dispose of our waste can be harmful to the air (and essentially our health)?

Two of these ways can be controlled from home: reducing food waste and proper disposal of non-food waste.

Food Waste

The Problem

According to a report from Market Watch, Americans throw away 160 billion pounds of food a year. That is about 40% of the food produced in the country.

There are some harmful effects of this large number:

Solutions You Can Do at Home

Open Burning Trash at Home

It might seem convenient to throw food and trash in to your campfire or backyard firepit, but the fumes can be dangerous to your health and the air quality. In fact, it is illegal to burn garbage (including food, rubber, and plastics) in Ohio.

The Problem

According to the MIT School of Engineering, burning plastic can release harmful chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and dioxins that can be harmful when breathed by any animal, from humans to animals elsewhere in the food chain.

Solutions You Can Do at Home

Posted in the Other category on Aug 06, 2019 By: Jonathan Gillis