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Cleaning Up After Industrial Usage of Resources

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You may not think a whole lot about cleaning up after the industrial usage of resources, but it is a critical aspect of modern life. If there wasn’t some company cleaning up after each use of different kinds of chemicals or waste, how quickly would your neighborhood, and even the earth, end up being a huge ball of garbage, even more so than is happening right now? Cleanup processes are more crucial than ever.

All you have to do is look at a few examples of cleanup systems, and you’ll start to realize how pervasive their importance is even to your daily life. What do you think happens to municipal wastewater? How do companies clean up nuclear sites as they are operational, or when they become post-operational? We all use oil-based products. What happens after oil spills? And it’s incredible how much of our garbage and waste ends up in the oceans, at which point we’ll eventually have to make a concentrated effort to clean them up as well as they become full and polluted.

Municipal Wastewater

As the resident of the municipality, you probably don’t pay much attention to your wastewater. But, you would certainly have an issue if suddenly something stopped working, or if something happens to the municipal wastewater treatment. So many things are connected to your water quality that it is impossible for the typical person to comprehend them fully. But when your water supply goes bad coming into your house, going out of your home, or working its way around your city or town, terrible things tend to happen.

Nuclear Sites

There is a lot of fear associated with nuclear sites, especially as they relate to power plants. Whether this fear is founded or unfounded, there is still the matter of when a plant requires some nuclear cleanup procedures around it. Nuclear power plants don’t operate the way they do on episodes of The Simpsons. There is a lot more going on, and nuclear cleanup crews have to understand a lot of very complicated assets to keep everyone safe.

Oil Spills

Though everyone uses oil-based products, many people don’t think about the operation of oil rigs, or what it takes to clean up oil spills. Even though there are a few stories every few years about major disasters happening surrounding oil production facilities, it is the rare person who digs into the details about what long-term cleanup entails.

Cleaning Up the Oceans

A final thought when it comes to industrial cleanup is that humans are doing such an awful job of polluting the oceans, that eventually we’re going to have to have a concentrated cleanup effort. It’s only a matter of time before some industrial behemoths have to figure out some way to start collecting all the garbage and waste that we have been pumping into the waters for so long.

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Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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