Archive | August 2009

Landfills are they dangerous?

I’ve been looking at landfills for a long time, following news reports and researching the effects it has on the area.

I’m sure if people really knew the damage that landfill site cause, more people would be pushing for alternative waste disposal methods.

The basic build of a landfill site starts by first finding a suitable site. Recent research shows that suitable sites in less inhabited areas will have run out by 2011 in the UK. This figure has dropped by 5 years since 2008, where it was estimated that if people continue to recycle the UK would run out of suitable sites in 2016.

What happens after that, who knows?

When suitable land site has been found, the dugout space needs to be lined to help prevent poisons being released into the surrounding ground.

However the liners that are used with them degrade with time. Taking into account that it can take 500 years fr a nappy to decompose, we will be seeing in the next century the effects of the UK’s wasteful habits by just ‘use and throw’.

“The generation of Leachate is caused principally by precipitation percolating through waste deposited in a landfill. Once in contact with decomposing solid waste, the percolating water becomes contaminated and if it then flows out of the waste material it is termed Leachate. Additional Leachate volume is produced during this decomposition of carbonaceous material producing a wide range of other materials including methane, carbon dioxide and a complex mixture of organic acids, aldehydes, alcohols and simple sugars.” (Wikipedia quote)

Another reason for people to consider how much they really send to landfill is that of life; it has been clarified that homes within a 5 mile radius of a landfill site produce more miscarriages that any other areas. If you type in a Google search ‘landfill and miscarriages’, you will be amazed at the information connected to miscarriages and locality to landfill sites.

So keep recycling, composting and aim to keep your rubbish out of landfills. There are sufficient areas to recycle and the local councils take garden waste for composting. 


Fluorescent lights – we should be careful !

I never gave lighting a though until I started to have seizures when I went shopping. It turns out that the fluorescent lights in shops were inducing them.

Since then I’ve done a fair bit of research on this and found many “bad reasons” for using fluorescent lighting.

We have the benefits of using less electric, but what is it doing to our bodies and where are these lights going to be disposed of when their life ends?

Have you ever had a child that when you go shopping they just cry and scream, but when you get outside, they stop? If your child is in a buggy, check that they have a hood up so they are not staring up at the lights. If you want to know what this feels like for a baby, then the next time you go into the shops, just stop and stare up at the lights for 5 minutes now times that by how long you are in the store. Many times I have been in stores and seen babies in buggies or carry tots staring up at the ceiling and crying, when I’ve pointed out to the parents what could be causing it, they made changes and notice immediate improvement in the child’s mood.

The question I ask is if just looking up at the lights causes so much distress for those in buggies, what is it doing to us?

After many tests done to clarify my personal problem with seizures, it was found that if the brain picks up the flicker that is produced by florescent lights, this is what can cause the seizure. Not only can it cause seizures, but also causes migraines, nausea, hot flushes and have an effect on our eyesight.

So the next time you go shopping and you start feeling different from normal. See how you feel when you get back into natural light outdoors.

Can things be done to change this, yes but it is expensive and it not likely to be found within supermarkets.

The other issue with fluorescent lighting is what happens when they reach the end of their life?

You can’t just throw them in the bin; they have to be recycled in a safe environment!

Fluorescent light bulbs are considered hazardous waste!

Fluorescent light bulbs contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Human exposure to these possible carcinogens can cause skin, liver, and reproductive disorders. Fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) ballasts contain a small capacitor that may contain high concentrations of PCBs (greater than 90% pure PCBs or 900,000 ppm).

High-temperature incineration is the method preferred by many companies because it destroys PCBs, removing them from the waste stream permanently and removing the potential for future CERCLA liability. Incinerating a PCB-containing ballast costs more than sending it to a hazardous waste landfill, but this additional cost is one many organizations are willing to absorb.

Please never put a fluorescent light bulb into a normal bin, it’s not just ‘your one bulb’ that would be bad for the environment, but the millions of others that think that their one bulb won’t matter.

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