As we all know, we are using the Hashtags and viral challenges normally to signify funny or iconic moments. However, it is not only for fun, but we can also use it in order to support saving our mother earth.
Out of the 1.3 billion tonnes of household waste generated per year, only about 258-368 million tons of trash end up in one of the 50 largest dumpsites. As waste spreads it, it ultimately makes its way to the oceans, every year, 8 million tons of garbage is added to our oceans, 80 % of it is from mainland waste. Fortunately, this hashtag #trashtag strategy has implemented in order to reduce this trash problem. Therefore, people are challenged to take a photo in advance of an area that needs to be cleanup, followed by an after photo of the cleaned area.
However, one person was succeeded in doing this challenge and a Reddit user posted a screenshot of this person with a nice caption. “Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it here.”
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Even when waste is put into dump sites it finds other ways of getting out into the world. As trash decomposes it can release toxins and harmful chemicals that leak into the soil, which then spreads into the water and air. While this can seem like a slow process that might not directly affect you, improper waste management can have deadly consequences in real time. In 1998 and 1999 thousands of people were killed in Bangladesh by flood waters caused by piled up waste in the sewers.
Worldwide, each individual person generates an average of 0.74 kilograms of waste per day, but ranges widely, from 0.11 to 4.54 kilograms. High-income countries generate about 34 percent, or 683 million tonnes, of the world’s waste, even though they only account for 16 percent of the world’s population.
Americans love to supersize everything and that includes waste. Even though Americans make up roughly 5% of the world’s population, they generate close to 40% of the world’s total waste.
While every tip of the planet seems to be filled with waste, the only place where you can almost escape the endless litter is Antartica. It is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, a treaty that prohibits military activity, mineral mining, nuclear explosions, and nuclear waste disposal.
Landfills are the designated place where trash belongs and with so much waste being thrown in them things get densely packed in. For trash degradation, it goes through an anaerobic process (without air), which creates huge amounts of methane gas – a greenhouse gas with an environmental impact 25x greater than carbon dioxide.
You might not think of plastic packaging and food to be equals, but food does fall under the waste category. Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year (approximately 1.3 billion tons) is wasted. Each American throws out around 1,2000 pounds of organic garbage that could be composted.
Annually, more than 14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the world’s ocean (mainly marine life toxic plastic). This has contributed to what is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or Pacific trash vortex, a cluster of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean that is twice the size of the U.S.
Ever think about what happened to that outdated flip phone of yours? It probably ended up in a landfill along with the over 140 million cell phones thrown into landfills by Americans yearly. Every year, over 50 million tons of electronic waste like cell phones, computers, TVs, etc are created.
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