Dumping your garbage on the side of the road means that you have no respect for yourself, the environment, your fellow Mkhondo residents or for your children, who have to grow up in an unhygienic and dirty neighbourhood.
Would you be happy if you took your family for an outing and you or your child stepped into something sharp, left there by an inconsiderate person? Of course not! So why would you create such a dangerous situation for other parents and children?
Waste materials should be kept in your yard until it can be properly disposed of. Be it when the municipality comes and collects (on collection day, neatly put into bags) or when you have the chance to take it to the dumping grounds yourself.
The true measure of a person is how he conducts himself when others are not looking!
Disposing of your garbage in any other way should not even be an option. What will become of our beautiful town if this behaviour continues?
It is evident that many of the culprits are indeed young parents because of the nappies that are visible on the piles of garbage, what a disgrace!
This is how long it takes the following materials to decompose:
- Nappies take anywhere between 200 and 500 years
- It takes plastic bottles up to 450 years to decompose.
- A milk carton takes about five years.
- Plastic bags take anywhere from 10 – 10 000 years.
- Paper waste takes between two to six weeks.
- Cigarette butts take approximately 10 – 12 years.
- Foam cups take up to 50 years.
- Cardboard takes approximately two months.
- Batteries take up to 100 years to decompose.
- Sanitary pads take anywhere from 500 – 800 years.
- Apple and banana peels take about one month, whereas orange peels take up to six months.
Furthermore, materials like styrofoam and tinfoil never decompose and glass can take anywhere between 4 000 and 1 million years to finally decompose.
Do you want to leave a world behind where your descendants are still dealing with your filth, hundreds of years later?
Stop being lazy and think about the consequences!