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Improper Waste Disposal and Community Health Issues

             Since the beginning of time, people have needed to find a way of disposing their waste. Waste is a thing that has no purpose; or is not able to perform with respect to its purpose [EPo06]. But to some aspect, according to this definition waste is in the eye of the beholder, as humans assign Purpose and humans evaluate Performance. However, this description also allows for the possibility of the waste being turned into a non-waste, and emphasizes that being 'waste' is a temporary failing that needs to be remedied. It is argued that this definition describes everything as waste. Humans interact with the environment constantly. These interactions affect quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. The WHO (World Health Organization) defined environment, as it relates to health, as "all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors." Environmental health consists of preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment.
             Proper waste disposal is important to ensure everyone's safety from possible health hazards. The improper waste disposal is a major sociological problem today due to its capability of contaminating the area in which we live and it's potential to be lethal to all living things. Its effects increase the risk of adverse health effects in humans and animals, causes damage to ecosystems and accelerate the destruction of our environment. The more waste we generate, the more we have to dispose of (Wild rose, 2010) the term "disposal" means the discharge, deposit, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking, or placing of any solid waste or hazardous waste into or on any land or water so that such solid wastes, hazardous wastes, or any constituent thereof may enter the environment or be emitted into the air or discharged into any waters, including ground waters, from community activities (US Law-Solid Waste Act 2, 1999).

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