How Industrial Waste Affects the Environment
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Our industry expertise allows us to offer solutions for water disposal, composting, site decontamination, and contaminated land. We work with many clients, including small business and large corporations. Today, we outline the importance of proper hazardous waste disposal and the effects of water pollution. Visit our website if you want to know more about what we do or would like to take advantage of our services: http://www.oatesenvironmental.co.uk/index.htm.
Industrial Waste and Water Pollution
Industrial waste is a pressing concern for the environment, and if businesses don’t dispose of their waste properly, it can have disastrous consequences. Not only does industrial waste produce environmentally damaging pollutants, but it can also be extremely harmful to the human population. It may seem like a cliché concern for industrial plants to dump their waste into rivers and lakes, but it is nonetheless a serious issue. Freshwater sources like rivers and some lakes all eventually lead back to the ocean. Industrial waste pollution is damaging to marine animal populations as well as land-based ones. Below are some of the most common pollutants and their effects:
- A pollutant with carcinogenic properties. This presents a serious health hazard as you can inhale asbestos fibres without knowing it. Conditions such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung, intestinal and liver cancer all result from asbestos exposure.
- A common metallic element that has fallen out of general use, especially in products like paint. Lead is non-biodegradable, meaning it is incredibly difficult to clean up following environment contamination. It is hazardous to the health of animals and humans, inhibiting bodily enzymes from functioning.
- Another metallic element, rarely used in thermometers now due to its toxicity. Mercury, like lead, is also non-biodegradable and can cause serious illnesses like mercury poisoning.
- These are a type of nitric acid salt that can cause eutrophication, as well as catastrophic damage to marine ecosystems. The continued use of hazardous fertilisers means that nitrates frequently end up contaminating water sources, as they contaminate the soil of rivers and lakes.
- Similarly, phosphates are also a product of frequent fertiliser use. They also cause eutrophication and are hazardous to marine environments.
- Extremely hazardous to marine life, sulfur contamination is a major concern.
- We’ve all seen overturned oil tankers and the disastrous effects it has on animal populations such as seabirds, whales, fish, and seals. Oil does not dissolve in water, instead forming a viscous layer over the surface. Marine animals end up covered in it as they come up for air, while it also prevents marine plants from getting enough sunlight to photosynthesise. This in turn affects the food supply of countless sea creatures.
- These, too, are toxic to marine life. They form from gas or petrol.