It goes without saying that reducing the amount of waste that is left out in the open in public spaces is a benefit for absolutely everything involved, and for a number of reasons too. Without the help of steel and concrete bins that are installed by Street Scape and other relevant landscaping element manufacturers, the streets of South Africa would likely not be nearly as beautiful or inviting as it is today. By reading this brief blog post over only the next few minutes, you may just learn a thing or two about why steel and concrete bins are an important aspect within public spaces as well as how you can help reduce the amount of litter that we unfortunately already see on our streets today.
The Safety of Having Concrete Bins in Our Parks and Other Public Spaces
One newly formed aspect of our daily life that has crept up is how fast-paced everything has become. While this is not a bad thing by any means, as this momentum has seen the human species enter into a state of technological progress that is unprecedented throughout recorded history, providing us with an innumerable number of benefits on both a personal and on a mass scale, it has also still brought about some less than appealing aspects within society too. With this pace that we now live our lives at in order to survive and keep up in the world, many of us have had to find conveniences in a variety of areas in order to save time, whether subconsciously or otherwise.
For many, this can, unfortunately, manifest itself in the form of littering, an act that benefits only those that do it through momentary gain but can wreak havoc on the environment around them. While true that not all littering is done with intention, as steel and concrete bins may often be overfilled or with the wind blowing rubbish around too, its presence can be a danger not only to ourselves and those around us but to the environment and animals we share this planet with too.
At Street Scape, we understand that a single person or company may not be able to dent in the amount of rubbish we see on our streets, but we also understand that the job can be done by coming together and simply bringing awareness to the situation. By knowing the damage that can be caused by litter on practically any scale, as well as how easy it can be to help avoid it along with the benefits, it becomes far easier for the average person to simply remember to keep their rubbish in the bins exclusively.
This is especially true within public spaces where children may be present at any time, such as skateparks, beaches, and schools, just to name a few. Throughout South Africa, kids are sometimes left exposed to a number of different diseases and infections that can be caused by litter, often through pools of water that are collected in items piles of items containing discarded plastics, glass, tires, and paper, etc. On too many occasions, these piles have contained sharp objects such as syringe needles and broken glass, which have mistakenly been walked over by unaware children and other passersby.
There have been countless cases throughout the world where litter in areas such as such, among many more, has resulted in severe injuries and even deaths to those of all ages. In fact, in countries such as China and India, it is currently estimated that roughly 1.87 million and 2.33 million deaths respectively have been directly related to litter and other pollutions, a majority of which can be seen in the larger and more populous cities that are heavily overcrowded. While South Africa is significantly smaller than both India and China in terms of our size and population, they are decent enough indicators of where things could lead if we reduce the amount of litter that is caused, among other pollutants too.
Litter can also see our surrounding environment suffering, which on its own can lead to larger environmental effects that are often difficult to predict on a short and long-term scale. Our oceans, for instance, are becoming bombarded by untold amounts of litter that are often caught in stormwater drains. This not only creates an eye-sore that can ruin anyone’s day off but can also result in our land animals and marine life suffering the worst of it is absolutely tragic and unforgivable ways.
The effects of this can already be felt in our daily life, not only through an abundance of articles and pictures we see regarding the matter. For instance, the seafood that we serve to our families in the modern day is all likely to contain small amounts of microplastics, indigestible pieces of non-biodegradable plastics that are frankly impossible to get rid of once produced. These microplastics are sometimes mistaken for food, which can then block the digestive systems of those that eat them, leading to reduced oxygen intake and subsequently reduce energy levels too.
As the plastic industry has managed to grow to such an astronomically large scale, having started back in 1862, litter has tainted many things that are often held sacred. It was recently discovered that the placentas of unborn babies were found to contain microplastics. Antonio Ragusa, the director of obstetrics and gynaecology who led the study at the Giovanni Calibita Fatebenefratelli hospital in Rome, even revealed that a dozen inorganic particles of varying colours were found, each being roughly 10 microns in size, or 0.01mm. This may not sound like a large number, but please note that only 4% of each placenta was analysed during this study.
With studies that are able to provide results as truly shocking as this, it is clear that plastics and litter have practically become cemented within our society. The negative effects of this waste can only be avoided and ignored for so long but can be reduced and even negated by bringing conscious awareness to how we live our daily lives and by rethinking even the most minute of aspects within society, such as where and how many steel and concrete bins are needed within any given public space.
How to Make a Difference with Just Yourself!
When turning towards self-improvement, one piece of advice that seems to hold the most weight for many people is the term, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. When it comes to littering and improving the world around them, the sheer scale of the problem at hand can seem overwhelming for many people. This can lead people down the mindset of, “I’m just one person” or, oppositely, even “It’s just a single piece of litter”. While it may be true that a single person’s actions may not carry much weight in the grand scheme of things, it most certainly can if enough of those individuals begin to change certain habits on a collective scale.
Here are a few ways in which you can start improving your effect on the environment around you, sparking the potential for change throughout the greater surrounding area and so:
Start changing some habits
By looking at how we live our daily lives, it becomes easy to see what areas in which we should consider making some changes. On our morning commute to work or classes, many of us get takeaway coffees or breakfasts that utilize a variety of single-use plastics. Many coffee shops and smaller-run restaurants now allow you to bring in your own reusable flasks, containers, and bags for storage, which is a great way to reduce your footprint on the environment when done consistently over an extended period of time. This comes with the added benefit of saving you some money in the process too!
Informing those around you
Of course, nobody wants to be preached at all hours of the day, and doing so may in fact act as a form of negative reinforcement for many, especially those with an anarchist side to them. When trying to help bring important pieces of advice or knowledge regarding litter and pollution to those around you, it is crucial to remain calm and friendly. It is also immediately helpful to point it out whenever your friends, family members or even a stranger whenever you find them littering themselves, and to remain calm and respectful while doing so.
Teaching by example
One of the best ways of teaching anything to anyone is to set an example of what should be done in the given situation. In instances where you are needing to dispose of an unwanted item, it is helpful for those around to go out of your way to find steel or concrete bins in public spaces or hold onto your rubbish until you can find one along your journey.
Investing back into your community
One way to help the world while simultaneously providing the community around you with the help that can be felt almost instantly is to have more steel and concrete bins installed throughout your area, or areas that are severely lacking in any. While no one can expect you to provide the entire neighbourhood with these concrete bins, starting with just one or two can be of great benefit if it is within your capabilities. Starting initiatives or fundraisers within the community is one way to vault over this hurdle that has the added benefit of bringing even more awareness to the local and greater communities.
A majority of the litter we find on our streets are made up of items that can already be recycled or replaced with a reusable alternative. By making an immediate and gradual change to the relationship we have with the items that we use on a daily basis, whether by disposing of them in their respective recycling containers or by repurposing them for something else, or even by replacing them with a version that purpose-built for reusability, your impact on the environment quickly becomes far greener and substantially easier to maintain.
Turn to Street Scape to Install Concrete Bins and Other Landscaping Elements
Are you wanting to install any steel or concrete bins in your area? How about attracting some more attention to your business? Maybe even adding in some natural vegetation in areas that require it?
Whatever the case may be, Street Scape is where you will find what you are looking for, from concrete bins to steel bollards, etc. Over our years of service, we have grown a love from producing and providing a variety of urban environments with landscaping elements that help to make the space as beautiful and as inviting as possible, without taking away from its functionality. To contact us, simply reach out through our website, where you can find a fill-in sheet, or alternatively turn to our phone number, email address, or our physical address too.