When it comes to recycling waste there is more to it than harnessing the inherent energy. Recycling ts principally about people and the environment we live in and hope to leave behind for our children and our grandchildren. An Environment safe Disposal site such as Zero Waste Disposal & Recycling can give consumers, whether individuals or businesses, the peace of mind they need concerning our tomorrows.
Over the last four decades, we human beings have tripled our consumption of the earth’s natural resources, said a recent report from the United Nations Environment Programme. And according to the World Resources Institute “one half to three quarters of annual resource inputs to industrial economies is returned to the environment as wastes within just one year.”
In 2013, the U.S. produced 254 million tons of garbage, or municipal solid waste. About 87 million tons of this was either composted or recycled, 32.7 million tons were burned for energy and 134.3 million tons went to landfills.
Municipal solid waste consists of paper, cardboard, food, grass clippings, leaves, wood, leather, plastics, metals and petroleum-based synthetic materials. No single approach can handle all types of waste, so a “hierarchy of waste management” is used to rank the strategies of dealing with waste according to their environmental impacts. A key principle of sustainable waste management is to try to deal with waste as high up on the waste hierarchy as possible.
The first priority is to avoid producing waste by reducing consumption and packaging. The next best option is to recycle; composting organic waste comes next. This is followed by combusting the post-recycled waste for energy and then finally, landfilling.
The number of U.S. landfills has decreased over the years, but the average size of existing landfills has increased. Landfills can emit carbon dioxide, methane, volatile organic compounds and other hazardous pollutants into the air. In the U.S., they are the third largest contributor of methane emissions, whose global warming potential is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide’s over 100 years. Landfill gases can also move underground, potentially causing fires and explosions, and the liquid or leachate that accumulates in landfills can contaminate groundwater. Moreover, landfills are unsightly and odorous. Landfilling solid waste brings with it the problems described above, and also means that all the energy inherent in the waste is squandered.
Did you know the average person throws away approximately 20 pounds of food waste every month? In some upper circles that number can more than double to almost 50 pounds of food waste per month. A great way to reduce your landfill contribution and create your own nutrient rich soil is by composting.
Here are five benefits of composting:
Reduces Your Landfill Contribution
Composting diverts food and yard waste from the landfill, and instead uses that waste to make nutrient rich soil. Twenty-four percent of the municipal solid waste stream is comprised of food waste and yard trimmings. Inside the composter, this waste is broken down.
Creates Rich Soil
Composting creates soil in organic matter that can be used in your yard and garden. The soil helps retain nutrients, moisture and air for the betterment of plants.
Suppresses Plant Diseases and Pests
Research shows that soil treated with compost tends to produce plants with fewer pest problems. Plants are like people; healthy plants develop the ability to fight off illness. Compost gives plants the nutrients and beneficial microbes they need to fight off disease. Compost also helps to control diseases and insects that might otherwise overrun regular soil.
Compost helps soak up water, slowly releasing it to plants. Compost can act as a natural evaporation barrier for your garden, helping it retain water and reduce the need to water. With enough compost in your soil, you will not have to water your plants as much, saving on your water bill.
Saves You Money
By reducing the need for commercial soil conditioners and fertilizers, composting saves you money.
For Businesses & Municipalities
- It an Affordable Option – Avoid the Expense of building and Operating a Combustion Plant
- No more Landfills- Makes obsolete or lessens the use and size of Landfills
- Its Quick-Works Faster than all other Waste to Energy Options
- Its Clean– Odor and Toxic fumes are greatly reduced
- It Reduces Waste– Sometimes as much as 80%
That is why you should consider using Zero Waste Disposal for your waste management needs.