MANUFACTURE OF BRICKS FROM CIGARETTE BUTTS

Overview
Overview

Waste refers to anything that is left over from a process or production. Most human activities usually result in the production of waste. Waste management has therefore been an issue of concern since the pre historic times.

Principle Instigator
Linda Wanaswa
Abstract

Waste refers to anything that is left over from a process or production. Most human activities usually result in the production of waste. Waste management has therefore been an issue of concern since the pre historic times. In the earlier days however, waste was just a nuisance that needed to be disposed. There being vast tracts of land, it was easier to dispose waste. With the current increase in population, it is vital to find optimum methods of waste management. Previously, the environment could ‘withhold” the waste without being degraded. Today, rural-urban migration caused by industrialization has resulted to an increase in the volume of waste generated (Wilson, 2007). Basu goes ahead to describe waste as a product or a material that is useless to the producer (Basu, 2009). Waste roducts are generally lower in value. For  very long time waste management has been a global issue. this has led to the coming up of many conventions to try and address the issue of waste management. Most waste products have a negative effect to the environment.But really, how do we efficiently manage waste? From an environmental point of view, I think the best wa to manage waste lies in the 3Rs principle. Reuse. Reduce. Recycle.

Ways of management of cigarette filters are considered to be neither universally , environmentally sustainable nor economical (Kadir & Mohajerani, 2008). These methods include landfilling and/ or incineration. In landfilling, wates are buried beneat the soil. The main component of cigarette butt(cellulose acetate) does not easily break down. As aresult, even in the even it is land filled, it still finds a way to leach and penetrate into the water bodies. This has an effect on aquatic life.