Is hoarding an environmental problem?



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    Hoarding can have some bad effects on the environment – both the local environment around the person doing the hoarding, and the extended community. Hoarding is categorized as a symptom of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, through which people develop an obsessive desire to keep or collect things, even if the objects are unnecessary or hazardous.

    Hoarding food products creates a dangerous environment when bacteria builds up to dangerous levels inside a home. In severe cases of hoarding, rotten food and disease-bearing insects can be found in high levels inside households.

    Hoarding also creates great amounts of trash. Many of the items that are hoarded end up being destoyed beyond use, but these items (like clothing, furniture, electronics, etc.) could have been kept out of a landfill if somebody else had the chance to use them.

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