Combating pollution and wastes for tourism facilities
The natural environment provides unique experiences where man and nature interact, from cold lush mountains, exotic and endemic species, rolling safari plains to exquisite coral gardens. With these pleasantries from nature, there exists a great concern for their protection, conservation and sustainability for future consumption. Our indulgence creates the problem of waste and other forms of environmental pollution, however, many simple strategies can help us to be environmentally responsible.
- 1. Prevention
This involves ensuring that a contaminant does not get into contact with the environment. It can be achieved in various ways
a) Replacing conventional cleaning products with more environmentally friendly ones. For instance, use of biodegradable soaps in place of conventional soaps.
b) Replacing technology. Chlorine pools can be replaced by modern technology that is a chemical/ salt free alternative to chlorine and salt based cleaning systems for swimming pools.
c) Deliberate separation of the contaminant from the environment. Such as use of oil interceptors can prevent contamination of the environment by waste fuel/oil.
- 2. Minimization
Where pollution cannot be avoided, minimization of the effects is the best course to take.
For example shading of lamps to reduce light pollution
- 3. Recycle and Reuse materials
Many items can be repurposed/ recycled. Wine bottles, for instance, can be repurposed for different uses such as storing water for guests, drinking glasses and décor.
- 4. Energy recovery and disposal
Eventually, some waste will have to be disposed of. It is of utmost importance that this is done by licensed waste handlers as some of these wastes may be hazardous to the environment.
It’s smart to be responsible!
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