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I am going to research waste pollution. I have chosen to research waste pollution because it is a topic of general interest which is effecting the environment and health of many people.

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Task 1: Introduction I am going to research waste pollution. I have chosen to research waste pollution because it is a topic of general interest which is effecting the environment and health of many people. I am going to research this topic area by first using primary sources, writing letters and trying to interview waste disposal, incineration and landfill companies and also local governments and councils to get their views and what they are doing to stop waste pollution. I will also be interviewing and giving questionnaires to the local public. I am also going to use secondary sources such as the internet, news papers reports, books and leaflets to find out if there has been any previous research on waste, and also to get information to back my research. The different types of waste pollution in the UK are: * Radioactive waste * Household waste The waste is either taken to landfills or incinerators where they are disposed. Incineration with energy recovery makes use of waste as a resource. Incineration disposes of waste by combustion with or without energy recovery. 'co-incineration' takes place in some industrial processes that produce energy or materials. ...read more.

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Possible pathways include: * Direct contact * Contact through vectors * Airborne transmissions * The pollution of water sources or local environment. The chart above shows how much recycling has been improved over the last ten years. And by looking at the chart you can see that little change has been made to increase the amount of waste that is recycled. I am going to relate my research to the Greenwich borough, and I am going to do this by seeing how many landfill sites or incineration companies there are and are these affecting the people that live near by. Also giving questionnaires to people that live in the borough to see how much they recycle, if they are aware that they live near incinerators and landfills and what they could do to stop incineration and landfills. I will also find out if there are any recycling companies, are the people aware f these and if they are how often do they use them. The main aim of my research is to; * Research landfills and incinerators to find out why and how they are affecting the environment and peoples health. ...read more.

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Only 11% of rubbish in the UK is recycled, but Switzerland, Holland and Germany half there waste so why can't the UK. Pressure groups like friends of the earth and Greenpeace are researching information like this to make people aware of the UK waste problems. Health and social care workers would be involved in waste pollution because it could be harming people's health. So workers like environmental health officers can close down incinerators or landfill sites if they think they are putting lives at risk. There is also the environment agency which said that 'nine out of ten people in England and Wales would recycle more if recycling was made easier.' By providing information like this local councils and governments know what they need to do to improve recycling services. This picture shows how people can help by campaigning against incinerators. From looking at this picture you can see that waste pollution is not just in the UK. many developing countries would suffer more as the landfill sites would be more exposed and many poorer families would depend on these landfills to survive or make a living, and by governments not doing any thing about it diseases are spreading. But developed countries are able to afford recycling so why has countries like the UK still got waste problems? ...read more.

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