Modern Waste Management Techniques
With a growing population all over the world and climate change problems potentially threatening the stability of certain areas around the world, levels of consumption and pollution are two areas that forward thinkers are examining closely. Improvements in our efficiency to turn consumed goods into consumable goods with minimal damage to the environment remains one of the biggest problems facing us today. One of the most significant factors in this is the methods by which we dispose of our waste.
Let’s take a look at the most common techniques today and the pros and cons of each.
We start with arguably the most advantageous form of waste disposal. Recycling is not only great for the environment, but it also provides a considerable economic benefit to the individual and the economy as a whole. Recycling is ultimate because it reduces the work needed to produce something fit for consumption.
Of course, not everything can be recycled. The main things that can be recycled are plastics, paper, and glass. Recycling requires effort from all parties, including you! Responsible waste disposal professionals will always look to promote recycling as much as possible. Quality bin hire companies, for example, will always separate the waste according to its ability to be recycled.
Read more: 6 Environmental Benefits of Recycling
So do your bit and make sure you recycle responsibly as there are some surprising things that you should not recycle.
Given that we have a great deal of land per capita here in Australia putting rubbish into landfill is one of the most convenient and inexpensive ways to go about waste disposal. It was, now the situation has changed dramatically. Landfills with unmanageable wastes are creating threats to the environment.
That said, there are risks, even for a country with such vast lands. Methane and gases can be produced and come to the surface, which can cause significant problems if not managed properly. Strict safety measures need to be taken to avoid such issues. Further, even in Australia, there is limited land suitable for landfill, and with our growing population, there is a day when this will no longer be a viable method. Smaller countries with dense populations, for example, have already had to resort to other means.
Cheap, easy and virtually risk-free, composting is a natural process that breaks down organic waste and turns it into rich manure that can be used to improve the quality of the soil in your garden. Rather than throwing organic waste into the rubbish bin and having waste disposal people deal with it, put it aside and mix it all over time. Composting is as simple as that!
Another method of disposing of waste is to burn or incinerate it. There are distinct advantages to doing so. For one, it reduces the volume of waste material considerably without, strictly speaking, damaging the environment in any way.
Disadvantages may be that a lot of resources are needed to incinerate waste, making it rather expensive on a large scale. Others would say that in fact, the waste material provides a constant source of energy which is created as a result of burning waste; energy that can potentially use in another way.
Another disadvantage is that organic waste which - if put in a landfill - would be broken down and become part of the soil - is potentially lost when incinerated.
At Metropolitan Transfer Station, we are passionate about upholding responsible, environmentally-friendly methods of waste disposal. Contact us for more information about our waste disposal and recycling services today!