Waste management is an important part of infrastructure for cities, towns and countries. Many consider today’s society to be a throwaway society where commodities are so inexpensive that it’s easier to throw things away that don’t work (rather than fix them) and the convenience of disposable items fits with a person’s busy lifestyle. Many people stuff everything they don’t need into a trash bag and put it outside their home once a week and don’t give it another thought. The result of that thinking is that waste management is huge resource glutton that takes people, money and fleets of vehicles to manage.
Managing waste at landfill sites is a detailed job. Individuals should sort their garbage and recycle wherever possible. Composting and recycling are very helpful in the reduction of solid waste. Self serve landfill sites often have a place for people to put their hazardous waste, glass recycling, newspapers, metal recycling as well as old appliances, tires and other goods. If your garbage is picked up for you, you should have a recycling program also. If you live in an apartment and recycling services are not offered, you need to inquire about them so that they are put in place.
Many advanced technologies exist today to help manage waste such as anaerobic digestion systems and layered landfills sites that allow the leaching of residues that could be harmful to the environment or that could be beneficial in usage for fertilization of gardens and lawns. Power can be harnessed from organic matter and turned into energy.
Companies need to manage their industrial and hazardous waste and reduce their harmful emissions in the manufacturing process. Many brownfield land sites exist where previously environmentally unfriendly processes occurred. Environmental agencies are trying to regenerate many of these sites to improve the ecosystem and reduce the need for development of green spaces and area that would be better left as conservation land.
Reducing your trash output, recycling and composting your waste whenever possible as well as being environmentally friendly will go a long way in regenerating our cities and towns into environmentally friendly places with more green spaces and cleaner air.
Waste management is something that should be a joint effort between government, industries and citizens. Our planet suffered tremendous damage after the industrial revolution when people mass-produced and then mass dumped products. Our landfill sites still contain items that were buried generations ago. Products can be recycled many times over and will reduce the strain on our environment and our resources.
Being aware of the products you use and what happens to them when they leave the curb in a garbage truck is contributing to the future of your planet. Waste management is manageable only if everyone does his or her part in keeping our planet healthy.