In my opinion, there is a slight similarity in the way the waste industry works, and the way your body works, the way your body works is very simple. You consume something, your body gets what it needs, and you dispose of the waste/excess through bowel movements. In, the end what you consumed e.g. a plant turns into nutrients that are used by plants.
To understand how waste disposal works you must look at the life cycle of a product, the life cycle of all products starts with the design phase, it then goes to manufacturing, after that the product is used, and in the end, the product might be reused or recycled.
What Happens to Trash?
After plastics are collected, they are sorted and separated depending on types e.g. PET or HSPE, the plastics collected then used by companies that manufacture textiles, bottles, carpets, etc. to create new products. Usually, plastics are washed, ground up, melted, and then used to make whatever it is the manufacturer is producing.
Instead of throwing plastics out the window, you should put them in the trash. This will help reduce plastic pollution.
Most of the toilet papers you use are made of recycled paper; the process starts with a collection of papers after papers are collected they are usually separated into four categories namely:
- Office Mix
- Mixed papers
- Old newspapers
- Corrugated boxes
After that they are baled and sold to paper mills, paper mills recycle these bales into new products e.g. toilet paper, printing paper, etc.
What happens to glass is after being collected, glass is crushed to form what is known as a cullet, after this the glass is cleaned to remove contaminants and debris and shipped to manufacturers who need it. The crushed glass can be used to …
Did you know that each time you throw out trash anywhere you are not supposed to you could be killing a whale? Recently a dead whale was found in Norway with over 30 plastic bags in its stomach. The problem with plastic is its nonbiodegradable; this means that if you throw away a piece of plastic, it may eventually find its way into an animal.
This makes plastic pollution one of the biggest problems facing the planet today, to get an idea of how much plastic you use you should take a look at an experiment done by an environmental activist named Rob Greenfield. What he did was he decided to collect every single piece of garbage he creates in a month. He ended up wearing lots of trash.
The thing is we throw away 50% of plastics we use in a day, for instance, that coke bottle you left sitting on a bench somewhere or that plastic bag you used to carry your lunch with. The question is what you can do to help save the planet?
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Imagine if everyone in your neighborhood decided to throw away all their plastics out the window, by the end of the day the area will look like a dump. So instead of throwing out plastics e.g. a bottle, you should reuse it to carry water or recycle it if you have no use for it.
The point is if it can be reused, use it, and if you have no use for it recycle it. It is also a good idea to pay attention to what you are buying. If you can, choose products that are environmentally friendly and support companies that are friendly to the environment.
I know it’s not fun to pick up trash …
No matter how young or old you are one thing remains we all have to share this planet, this means that we all have an equal responsibility to take care of it. Being young is not an excuse to be harsh to the environment. In fact, being young gives you more time to help “save” the planet.
If you are still living with your parents this is not the time to start thinking about buying solar panels, what you as an individual should start thinking about is. Given what you have now what can you do to help?
Start by Volunteering
When you volunteer for something that is of a worthy cause you get to learn, meet people and the experience you get from it will look good on your resume in the future. If there is a conservation project at school or near your home, you should take the opportunity and volunteer.
Volunteering can open doors for you that will remain closed to people who don’t, therefore if you want to help this is the place to start.
It pays to know what and why you are doing what you are doing if you understand the issues you are dealing with you will be in a better position to help fix them. The idea is to keep up with current happenings around the world; the best way to do this is to watch documentaries, the news, read environmental articles, etc.
By doing this, you will discover things you can do or get ideas or inspiration for conservation when you learn something don’t keep it, so yourself share it with others and keep the knowledge flowing. Getting an education on this topic can be fun; therefore I suggest that you start educating yourself today.
Recycle and Avoid …
The thing is over 80% of what you use or throw in the trash can be reused or repurposed; this means that before you disposal off something you should ask yourself one critical question, can this be recycled? If it’s recyclable get it recycled if it can’t be recycled dispose of it properly.
For instance, if you have shredded paper the best thing to do is to burn it, the remarkable thing about recycling is most times it doesn’t require much effort especially at home. There are environmentally friendly ways to get rid of things in your home that you don’t need, check out the following.
Buy or designate a recycling bin
In that bin you should put all plastics that you no longer need, the idea is to separate the organics from the inorganics. The good thing about most plastic products is you can re-use them e.g. to store water or in arts and craft. However, if you can’t reuse it make sure that it ends up in the right place e.g. in a landfill or waste to energy facility. The simple way of doing that is to put it in the trash.
Burning plastics is not a good idea, look at it this way some can kill you. Simply put, when you are done using plastics don’t throw them out the window or on the road get them recycled.
Stop buying bottled water
Water is still water whether it comes out of a tap or high up in some spring on the Himalayas. Assume that you buy bottled water every day for a month, that’s 30 bottles. Not only is this expensive depending on where you are and what you are buying, but it is also bad for the environment.
What happens is you may leave that bottle …
We are in 2017; the question is what global warming is? Is it real and should we be worried about the status of things? There are two answers to that question; there are some who believe that global warming is not a thing e.g. the Trump administration. And there are others who are convinced that our activities are responsible for what’s happening around the world.
I’m sure that you can tell the difference between back then and now if you are in the US, Canada, or east Africa I’m sure that you have noticed that this year so far has been very hot. Take Kenya and Somalia for instance, this year there are droughts affecting these areas, and it’s just not happening there, the high temperatures are being experienced in almost all parts of the planet. To get an idea of how hot the planet is you should take a look at global temperature maps here.
Something must be causing these changes; in the US when compared to 1985 the temperatures have risen by 3 degrees Fahrenheit. This has made February 2017 one of the hottest in US history. According to the scientist, these temperature changes are the result of greenhouse gas emissions, if we continue on this same path in the future high temperatures will be the norm.
Still, in the US, the Environment Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said that in his opinion he does not believe that carbon dioxide is the primary source of global warming. The problem is this statement conflicts with the public stance held by the EPA. This statement also contradicts with NASA’s findings
The problem is “alternative facts” won’t stop what’s happening to the planet; it doesn’t take much for you to get what’s going on. All you have to do is …
The world today as we know it is near to the edge of falling. We can’t deny the fact that climate and environmental issues have evolved with the technology that we have today. As humanity progresses towards advances, and so does our Earth problems and issues. Billions of people populate Earth. And our very wish is that every single one of these individuals will be responsible for their wastes. There are no second chances of Earth when it gets thoroughly destroyed. Although NASA claims to discover multiple Earth-like planets, we are still not sure of what awaits humanity when our home is destroyed. We understand that we make little sacrifices for the betterment of the community. But how long can our home suffer for our benefit? Or, is it really in the interests of humanity?
That is why it imperative to have an organization in every country that will somehow take care of what we have left and continue to nourish and try to flourish them as much as possible. Environmental Industry Association or also known as EIA is one of the keepers of the Earth providing service and care to the community.
EIA acts as the parent organization for NSWMA or National Solid Wastes Management Association and also for WASTEC or Waste Equipment Technology Association. Through research, public relation resources, legal and federal affairs, EIA supports both sub-organization. The trio aims to maintain a proper and consistent solid waste programs for companies and communities.
NSWMA is open to for-profit organizations and companies that need solid waste management. Water waste from construction sites is a big deal says journeyman plumber from DJ Plumbing & Heating. National Solid Waste Management Association also offers disposal services and waste industry consulting services. Meanwhile, WASTEC is open to all manufacturers, distributors, leasing companies, and technology companies. Waste Equipment …