How can I get rid of garbage in a safe way

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If there is no community-wide refuse collection, each family needs a garbage pit where household refuse is buried or burned every day.

If possible, bury, compost, or burn garbage. If you bury it, make sure the pit is deep enough to keep animals and bugs away.

If the garbage is above ground, fence off the dump and cover the garbage with dirt to reduce flies.

Use composted food waste to fertilize your crops.

Also, find safe ways to get rid of dangerous and toxic materials. For example, do not burn plastic, because the fumes can be toxic, especially to children, old people, and sick people.

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