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A lot of waste is produced every day!
How does land get polluted?
Every single day, tons and tons of domestic waste ranging from fish bones to huge pieces of rubbish such as unused refrigerator. If all these wastes are not disposed of properly, the damage they can do to the environment and humankind can be extremely devastating.
While waste collected from homes, offices and industries may be recycled or burnt in incinerators, a large amount of rubbish is neither burnt nor recycled but is left in certain areas marked by the government as dumping grounds.
With the rising standards of living, we throw away more things and there is an increase in the quantity of solid waste. This has given rise to problems as new dumping grounds have to be found.
Besides domestic waste, pesticides and herbicides used by farmers to increase crop yields also pollute the land when they are washed into the soil.
Industrial activities also contribute to land pollution. For example, in open cast mining, enormous holes are dug in the ground and these form dangerously deep mining pools. Heaps of mining waste are left behind and these waste often contain many poisonous substances that will contaminate the soil.
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