Alternatives to Traditional Waste Disposal Methods With the rising concern about being green and environmentally friendly, recycling and proper waste management is becoming a very important issue. Industries and households are beginning to realize that the things they use as well as the ways they dispose them have huge impact to the environment and the health of people. Waste management involves proper collection of waste material and reprocessing it or recycling it. It can have implications both on health and the environment. Households and industries are constantly in search for the best and most cost effective ways of handling this ever growing issue. Wastes can be in the form of liquid, solid and gas. Some are hazardous while others are not. The handling of waste materials differs from one specific area or location. For instance, some cities deal with waste disposal issues differently. Waste in the city is handled in a different way from the rural. Aside from that, there is this major difference between residential waste and industrial waste. There are various solid waste management ways that can help in dealing with waste. Landfills are the most common and if handled correctly, they can be very effective and cheap. But with the rapidly growing population, the space available has become a problem for landfills in some places. Another popular technique in managing solid waste is incineration. This works perfectly in areas where there is limited amount of available land space. Material is heated as a way of getting rid of it. But the possible danger of emitting hazardous gas is one of the disadvantages of this technique. An increasingly popular alternative and solution is recycling. With materials being reprocessed and used again or made into a usable form, the amount of waste can be greatly reduced without causing harmful effects to the environment. There are many recyclable materials all around us that we consider waste and they include glass, steel, newspapers, plastics and many others. The best thing about it is there are many benefits of recycling which make them a more preferred option especially in major countries and cities all over the world.