A homemaker is responsible for preparing healthy meals for the family and disposing of waste in the drains responsibly. We might not realize, but we often dump non-biodegradable waste directly into the kitchen drains without thinking twice.

It might go out of sight, but it leaves a carbon footprint on the planet.

100,000 marine animals are dying globally every year due to plastic pollution.

One billion people across the world don’t have access to safe drinking water.

Global warming has accelerated three times in the past three decades.

We strive to adopt greener ways of living, and a great way to start is in the kitchen. Your home is the hub of all human activity, especially during the lockdown.

With an average American producing 5.91 pounds of waste every day, much of it ends in the sea or landfills. It also contains non-biodegradable waste that leaves lasting negative impacts on the environment. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s Non-Biodegradable Waste?

All municipal waste comprises of biodegradable and non-biodegradable substances. The former category refers to waste materials that biological agents can break down to naturally decompose into the air or soil. Since they’re made from organic plant and animal products, they disintegrate into the earth and turn into nutrients for the land.

The non-biodegradable waste consists of non-organic materials such as human-made polymers, metals, and solids. Because they don’t contain organic matter, they can’t decompose biologically.

Hazards Of Non-Biodegradable Waste

They take up space in landfills and alter the soil’s pH to affect moisture and fertility, take millennia to decompose, cause leaching and contaminate groundwater, and release radioactive greenhouse gases upon degradation.

Gaseous pollutants like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and methane are released into the atmosphere, leading to ozone depletion. This produces climate change as the ozone layer can’t protect the planet from solar heat, leading to global warming and acid rain.

A chef using non-biodegradable silver foil in a kitchen

In cases where non-biodegradable materials are dumped in water bodies such as ponds, lakes, and oceans, they meddle with the aquatic ecosystem. Water pollution affects the quality of marine life and makes living conditions unsafe for flora and fauna.

Types Of Non-Biodegradable Kitchen Waste

Some common household materials that we use in the kitchen are non-biodegradable. Here are some prominent examples:

  • Cling film
  • Silver foil
  • Disposable plastic utensils
  • Cake-cutting floss
  • Polythene trash bags
  • Glass
  • Metal objects (nails, clips, staples, etc.)
  • Other synthetic fibers

If regularly dispose of non-biodegradable materials in your kitchen drains, change your habits. Each of us owes a responsibility to the planet that’s home to us, so let’s begin with safer waste disposal practices.

Non-biodegradable waste can also block sewer lines and clog the drains. If your facing backflow or sensing sewer stench, your drains need professional cleaning. We offer drain cleaning services in Boston, MA, and look into pipe relining problems to prevent plumbing leaks.

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