Twentieth century was a different one in terms of environmental, economic, social and political context. Times have changed since then but a new beginning has initiated way before after a civilization flourished. Before 1970’s we were not so much concerned about environmental issues unlike present. Nowadays, pollution and purity are the two most crucial concerns of humanity. Industrial waste was dumped in landfills as it’s done today or used to be stored on-site, more or less it was taken as an easy going process. In 1990, industrial waste management took up new sets of rules and regulations to carry out the process of industrial waste disposal
, only after the enactment of Pollution Prevention Act.
Hierarchy was introduced in the process of waste management. Source reduction: a method that gained preference over others. With this activity, an initial stoppage can be done over excessive waste production. The second most opted method was recycling and preceded Energy conserving. In a situation where none of the above mentioned suits fit, disposal was recommended. For example, a rubber plant that changes its chemicals for final step processing might reduce the amount of toxic liquid residue. The process is diversified and perhaps recycling and reusing it could also be chosen. Last but least, toxicity of that waste can be subdued before its disposal in the environment. Industrial waste is determined as per its intensity to harm the environment, mainly human health.
This is twenty-first century, and we are on the verge of climatic breakdown. Industrialization is sky high and toxicants in environment are exponentially rising up. Harmful chemicals are being used routinely. Large & Small manufacturing plants didn’t feel accountable for this troubling situation. Actually, no one feels liable to the harm, unknowingly caused to the environment in the form of harmful and toxic waste. The next kind of looming danger is to the due credit of increasing plastic wastage. Society is meddling with the balance of nature. In the dark, murky schemes of things, capitalization has conceived a new threat to humanity: Plastic waste material. In an average, approximately 10 thousand tons per day of plastic waste is generated. Moreover, it has two different forms called as Thermoplastics and Thermoset plastics. These are of high intensity and constitutes to an absolute generation of plastic waste.
Environment is highly at the receiving end of this poison as it disrupts the natural and ecological balance of Planet Earth. The plastic that is littered all around the countryside not only spoils the beauty of the city but gives blockage to the drains, thereby spoiling the beauty and generating poison. Plastic, as exists till the eternity, if burnt causes horrific air pollution by spewing poisonous gases.
The author throughout the article expresses the innovative approach to commercial waste disposal and warns against getting redundant about ill practices or humanity might suffer a lot.