How Waste Management Keeps the Environment Clean

by | May 18, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

For most of us, the term “waste management” doesn’t mean much more than simply throwing out a few items into the garbage bin every day. Once it’s in the trash, it’s gone forever. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But if we’re going to really make sure we take care of our environment as well as we can, then we have to do literally what the term says: manage our waste. We have to be mindful of what we dispose of— and how we dispose of it — so that we leave as little trace behind as possible.

Here are a few ways that proper waste management helps with that.

Gives Trash a Second Life

Not everything that you throw away is actually garbage; in fact, much of that debris can be re-allocated into something useful that you may never have thought of before. For example, many yard waste, such as grass clippings and leaves, can be ground down into compost, re-releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth. Even coffee grounds can be added to the mix to create a natural barrier for insects.

For other items that you may not need anymore but can still be enjoyed by others, consider donating them to local thrift shops. Toys, clothes, and even magazines can be donated to others who will give them a second life.


Reduces Landfill Usage


Did you know that the U.S. produces nearly 300 million tons of municipal waste every single year? That’s a lot of trash, and as you would expect, the amount of space that we have to put that much trash in is rapidly decreasing.

Probably the worst part is that not all of the trash that ends up in landfills needs to be there in the first place. A lot of that can be recycled and turned into other usable items; cardboard, glass, aluminum, and plastic containers can all be recycled to create the exact same product and used by someone else.

Next time you throw out your trash, take a few seconds to see what can be tossed into the recyclable bin first. The amount may surprise you.

Proper Disposal of Waste

Just because waste finds its way into the landfill doesn’t mean that its job is done. Proper disposal of waste is just as important as getting rid of it in the first place. The decomposition process can release poisonous gasses into the atmosphere, such as leachate and methane, which will slowly eat away at the ozone layer. Incinerating as much of this trash as possible helps to mitigate this issue.
Liquid waste is a whole other issue. Oil, chemicals, and household beauty items can seep into the ground and contaminate the water supply, so it’s essential to dispose of the items properly. One of the ways to do this is by extracting the actual liquid itself so that it turns into solid waste, which can be disposed of in the landfill, but doing so requires sophisticated equipment. A proper waste management service can help with this.