Waste has a huge negative impact on our environment. From greenhouse gasses that are released from rubbish in landfill sites to hazardous chemicals that can get into the soil and harm plants when they take up contamination through their roots, the effects of improper waste disposal are mainly negative. Today waste has become a global problem that we can no longer overlook [1].

Enter The Solution

Recycling is the process of converting waste into new, useful products. Recycling minimizes accumulation in landfills, saves energy and helps converts our old products into new ones. The importance of recycling to both us and the environment cannot be overemphasized [2].

How Does Waste Affect Animals
Most people understand that waste is bad for the planet, but are we also of its effects on animals [3]?

Below are heartbreaking images of animals harmed by trash

This kitty was photographed living in the in West Sahara, Morocco

This kitty was photographed living in the in West Sahara, Morocco

This poor raccoon has a fishing hook stuck in its lip

This poor raccoon has a fishing hook stuck in its lip

Suffocated Seal

Suffocated Seal

A Koala rendered homeless due to deforestation

A Koala rendered homeless due to deforestation

A bird strangled with balloon string

A bird strangled with balloon string

World’s tallest man, Bao Xishun retrieves plastic from the stomach of a sick dolphin after vets were unable to reach it.

 World's tallest man, Bao Xishun retrieves plastic from the stomach of a sick dolphin after vets were unable to reach it.

A seal being released from marine debris by NOAA divers

A seal being released from marine debris by NOAA divers.

Sea turtle that ingested a balloon

Sea turtle that ingested a balloon

Bird caught in plastic debris

Bird caught in plastic debris

A bird suffering through an oil spill

A bird suffering through an oil spill

Heartbreaking photo of a bird in oil spill

Heartbreaking photo of a bird in oil spill

Sea turtle entangled in debris

Sea turtle entangled in debris

A bird killed by waste ingestion

A bird killed by waste ingestion

A blue striped grunt fish caught in red plastic

A blue striped grunt fish caught in red plastic

A turtle which has probably grown into something, deforming its poor shell

A turtle which has probably grown into something, deforming its poor shell

Shark with debris stuck in its mouth

Shark with debris stuck in its mouth

Another turtle that has probably grab into plastic, deforming its shell

Another turtle that has probably grab into plastic, deforming its shell

A poor seal with a plastic container trapping its face

A poor seal with a plastic container trapping its face

Penguins covered in oil

Penguins covered in oil

Albatross bird killed by plastic ingestion

Albatross bird killed by plastic ingestion

Northern elephant seal with plastic scar

Northern elephant seal with plastic scar
Northern elephant seal with plastic scar

Stork trapped in plastic

Stork trapped in plastic

Turtle eating plastic

Turtle eating plastic

Garbage nest

Garbage nest

How can we help?

These photos are a call to action. It is not enough to feel sad or awful viewing them, we need to play our parts as well. Ensuring that cans are crushed and tossed in the recycle bin would go a long way to help.

Also, when shopping, choose paper bags or take your own reusable bags whenever possible.

References:

  1. The Effects of Improper Waste Disposal“, Hunker.
  2. Why Is Recycling So Important“, Earths Friends. May, 2019.
  3. 25 Animal Photos Illustrate how Painfully Obvious it is we Should Recycle“, Educate Inspire Change. August, 2018.
  4. 25+ Animal Photos That Illustrate The Painfully Obvious Truth About The Necessity Of Recycling“, Awareness Act. August, 2018.
  5. Heartbreaking Photos Show What Your Trash Does To Animals“, Huffington Post. May, 2017.
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