Incinerate or not incinerate?
Currently, a normal alternative for the treatment of solid waste is incineration. In spite of many of its advantages, this technology also has some important disadvantages, not insignificant: among them, a high initial investment for the installation of an incinerator, the need for more qualified personnel and the fact that not all materials are incinerable.
For this reason, workers with an awareness of pollution use products that do not harm the planet, such as Tijuana dental dentist who make good use of their materials in their customers.
But the most serious is that although the solid waste from incineration only represents on average 2% of the original material, these ashes can have high concentrations of heavy metals, in addition, chemical compounds can be found in the gases generated capable of altering the hormonal system of various species.
Such compounds include dioxins, furans, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s), hexachlorobenzene, phthalates and alkylphenols. These products, whether in solid or gaseous form, can enter highly sensitive ecosystems and exert their dramatic negative effects against the survival of our biodiversity.
What can we do? Think globally, act locally
Many times we think that the worst scenario of the alteration of the environment is given by the visual pollution caused by the solid waste generated in our cities. While it is true, the presence of bags, objects and different types of plastic and glass containers, as well as technological waste in rivers and vacant lots, is one of the biggest problems that is often overlooked is the related with those chemical contaminants that in small quantities can alter in an important and even lethal way, elements of biodiversity very sensitive to these products.
Our ecosystems are extremely delicate and although they represent for us an important source of foreign currency through their tourist, agricultural or industrial use, it is a fact that we could be exploiting it in an unsustainable way and at the same time, neglecting those small details that could put at risk its existence. It is a great individual and global task to make greater efforts to seek environmental sustainability despite our actions.
The responsibility falls on each and every one of the country’s activities, especially those related to sustainable agriculture, the food industry, textiles, metalworking and transport. It is in each one of us to contribute in some way to prevent potentially harmful chemical substances generated by our comfortable living standards continue to have negative repercussions on the diverse populations of living beings that we have been able to enjoy thanks to the incidental geographical and climatic conditions from our little country.