The city of Florida is growing in population and as a result is seeing a surge in waste. In recent years, residents have started to notice an increase in smells associated with burning of wastes, which they suspect is coming from the various landfill sites nearby. While the city works to build the infrastructure necessary to handle the influx of trash, some believe that the smoke and smells from these burning sites is making them sick.
A recent survey of Floridian residents found that over 30 percent reported having some sort of respiratory illness or allergy in the last 30 days, and nearly 15 percent believe that their condition is worsened by the burning trash. Health experts suggest that there are multiple possible causes for the ailments, including air pollution from industrial sources or poor air quality due to a lack of trees in the area, but the burning trash is one potential culprit that cannot be ignored.
In an effort to do their part in alleviating the problem, some Floridians have taken to setting up their own backyard composting systems, something many consider to be a safe way to reduce the amount of waste they generate. Other initiatives include the set up of a local co-op to take unused or unwanted items off the hands of residents, which could help reduce the amount of burnable waste.
The issue of burning trash is one that needs to be addressed. With more people moving to Florida, the amount of waste being generated is likely to continue to increase along with it. The best way to combat the health risks associated with burning trash is by finding better methods of disposal and, as such, reducing the need for it in the first place. With continued action from both local and state governments, as well as residents, a safer and healthier Florida could soon become a reality.