As the water level continues to rise, so is the trash pile that people collect from the ocean. The garbage is not a product of marine creatures’ doing—they do use plastic bottles, beer cans, etc. That’s the result of humans’ lack of care about where they throw their trash.
Now, if you and your family want to help reduce water pollution without leaving the house, here’s what you can do.
Avoid Pouring Oil Down The Drain
When you are done cooking or eating, it seems natural to pour all the used liquids and solids down the drain right before washing the dishes and pots and pans. However, you must not do that—primarily if it is used oil—because that will clog the drainage and prevent anything else from going down. Your plumbing system will then be busted.
As you know, water and oil are two immiscible substances, so they can never mix. The problem may not be visible immediately, considering the latter is still hot and remains in liquid form. Once it returns to room temperature, the oil can harden and float on the water and pollute it.
The only way to avoid that is by pouring the oil in a separate container before putting the dirty dishes in the sink. When you fill that to the brim, you may throw it in the dumpster with the other garbage.
Teach Kids How To Dispose Of Trash Properly
When you are a child and don’t have a sense of right or wrong, you tend to dump your trash anywhere. E.g., beside the couch, under the bed, or around your toys. If you are outdoors, the streets can be your bin.
Although the kids can become forgiven for such behavior, their parents cannot say the same. After all, you should teach them how to dispose of trash properly at a young age so that they won’t carry the awful habit later. In case that happens, people may blame you for it.
If you haven’t taught your children garbage disposal yet, you may start by placing three miniature versions of trash bins around the house. One is for biodegradable items, one is for non-biodegradable materials, and one is for recyclables. The more they see you using them accordingly, the easier it will be to dispose of garbage correctly.
Think Of Ways To Reuse Water
Water recycling is not a fad; folks have been doing it for ages. For instance, when someone washes clothes, they do not merely throw the soapy water down the drain. Instead, they use it to water the plants. It should not be harmful to the green living things, considering it contains diluted amounts of chemicals.
Assuming it always rains in your area, and the water still flows down from the roof aimlessly, why don’t you install a roof runoff sheet and catch all of it in a massive barrel? The rainwater can be useful for cleaning the car, washing the plates, and watering an entire garden.
Opt For Organic Products
Recycling is a favorable method for reducing water pollution. By doing so, you can lessen the amount of trash in the sewers and canals, eventually ending in the oceans. But what may help move things along faster is buying organic products.
In truth, everything has an organic alternative these days. From toothpaste containers to milk boxes to even a box of junk food—they can all come in biodegradable packaging. If you opt for them, you can guarantee that these materials will eventually disintegrate better than plastic. Thus, there will be fewer things to pollute the waters.
Throw Away Medical Supplies Correctly
Furthermore, when you have birth control pills and other medications that you no longer need, try not to flush them in the toilet like in the movies. Some assume that that’s okay because it is much more soluble than tissue paper, but it is not. Even though the pills won’t clog the pipes, they will mix with everything in the sewers before going to the wastewater treatment facility. The somewhat “clean” water will then be flushed in rivers and oceans, which should be harmless without the meds. Otherwise, those drugs may kill the poor marine creatures.
Considering your pills are already expired or unusable, you should pack them up and put them in the trash bag labeled “hazardous.” It should not be a problem to the local garbage collectors since you are not running a hospital where large volumes of medical supplies get disposed of every day.
The battle against water pollution may never end as long as someone does not start being mindful of where their trash goes when not disposed of properly. Although that’s out of our control, it still helps to reduce it in our little ways. After all, when the children learn about correct garbage disposal early, they will most likely end up doing the same thing when they grow up, hence lessening the objects that pollute different bodies of water.