Do you consider yourself one of the growing number of people who are becoming aware of where our waste goes? The interest in waste disposal is on the increase as the average person these days is more concerned about the environment than ever before. This stands true especially for people living in Canada. We consider ourselves a relatively green country and generally take responsibility ourselves, by separating household waste. However, population growth and industrialization are increasing along with the need for more waste disposal than we are currently capable of.
There is no easy solution to proper waste management and it isn’t cheap. When we talk about waste management, in this case, we are concentrating on one aspect: processing and disposal to minimize the consequences on humans and the environment. Waste disposal is a growing concern and something we all have to get involved in and discuss, professionals and individuals alike. Not getting involved can be catastrophic to our health and environment.
Next, we discuss the methods currently used, which are both effective and imperfect.
Preventing and Reducing Waste Generation
One simple measure that we can take on a personal level and in the workplace is to avoid buying and using unnecessary products, but instead utilize recycled or second-hand goods. You can shop in thrift stores and receive amazing discounts on original and unique items. An increasing populace who are constantly buying new purchases leads to the potential risk of people succumbing to the ill effects of toxic waste. We have no full-proof way of disposing of toxic waste as of yet. What we do have in place removes the waste from your area, but puts it in a landfill or out to sea. Neither of these are ultimate resolutions.
Through industrial processing, items that are pre-separated, such as paper, glass, aluminum, and plastics, are commonly recycled. This keeps the waste out of nature and successfully allows the reuse of these products. There is a drawback concerning recycling: it is very expensive. It does, however, create jobs, from the curbside collectors to the sorters and waste management appointees.
Incineration is inexpensive and burning our waste compacts it down to 90% according to Norcal Compactors. It reduces waste to nutrient rich ash that can aid hydroponic solutions, but polluting gases are also a byproduct. These gases are varied in toxicity, depending on what is being burnt and the type of incinerator being used. Hazardous and toxic wastes can be easily gotten rid of by using the incineration method. Leakage of toxic elements is one potential problematic factor concerning incineration. Incineration has negative and positive aspects, and to keep people and the environment safe, there exists the Canadian Regulations on Waste Incineration.
Composting is something that can be done at the end of your backyard, by using a handmade wooden box with ventilation, or a store-bought composting bin. We prefer the first option, in keeping with not buying unnecessary new products. Composting takes a long period of time, but the result is nutrient rich manure-like compost that cannot be rivalled for your plants. Done on a large scale, composting consumes a significant amount of land. Here in Canada that isn’t so much of an issue. The fertility of the soil concerning composting has improved immensely.
The base of a landfill site is lined to protect the ground water from the waste that will be dumped into the landfill. This of course presents the possibility for leakage, where toxic chemicals enter the natural water system. Soil is constantly being added to a landfill and non-porous soil is of preference in order to negate leakages. It takes a high number of workers to man a sanitary landfill site, which means employment for many individuals.
Disposal in Oceans and Seas
The dumping of non-biodegradable garbage into our oceans and seas is a very hot topic with individuals from all levels of environmental concern. We are finding that there are “floating islands of garbage” forming miles out from shore. Sea and ocean life are being destroyed and maimed by dumping our garbage at sea. Awareness of the damage toll of this practice is having an effect. For example, restaurants are no longer buying plastic products such as drinking straws; they are changing to paper or abstaining altogether.
It is in our oceans that radioactive waste is dumped. The theory for this is that out to sea is far from active human habitats. However, environmentalists are challenging this method, as such an action is believed to be detrimental for aquatic life. Environmentalists report that dumping radioactive waste deprives the ocean waters of its inherent nutrients.
On the topic of waste disposal closer to home, we at Red Bins adhere to the idea that a proper, efficient, and safe disposal of waste is paramount to what we do. Red Bins fulfills a socially and environmentally responsible role by donating reusable items to local charities. Our crews are well trained to identify and handle small or bulk items for donation. Facebook and other buy and sell websites are useful to list items for free that are still in fair shape. Sending your junk to a landfill is what we attempt to avoid at every turn.
As a conscientious individual who needs junk cleared from your home or office, you would do well to give Red Bins a call. Our courteous and professional staff will go over what you want removed and offer you an accurate estimate of the cost. There is no obligation and this estimate is free. What we offer out of the ordinary is removal straight away, if this is what you decide on. We have bins that measure from four to forty-four yards to accommodate exactly your individual need for removal and disposal.
Visit us online or call us direct at 416-RED-BINS or 416-733-2467.