Waste Management: An Important Part of Daily Life
The climate crisis is accelerating at an unprecedented rate, and we are not ready for it. There are some factors that want more attention than others.
1) Air Pollution: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, attention has been put on the role that air pollution has in transporting the virus molecules. Preliminary studies have identified a Positive Correlation between COVID-19-related mortalities and airborne particles assisting the viral spread.
2) Plastic Pollution: Single-use plastic is a particular issue. Much of it ends up littering the land and oceans, harming wildlife and damaging the financial welfare of farmers and fishers.
91% of all plastic that has ever been made is not recycled, it is one of the biggest environmental problems of our lifetime.
3) Deforestation: Deforestation is a huge problem in worldwide. Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation.
4) Agriculture: Agriculture not only covers a vast amount of land, but it also consumes a vast amount of freshwater, another one of the biggest environmental problems on this list.
We live in a society which undeniably produces more trash than any other to date. Think about how many things you throw away in a day, and how many bags of garbage you put outside every week. Now more than ever, being ecologically conscious is very important. Simply throwing away paper, plastic, glass and metal when it can be deconstructed and reused is both extremely wasteful and extremely detrimental to our environment.
Many retail and food items are packaged in an unnecessary amount of paper and plastic. These types of packaging may be designed to protect the product in transit or help the product to maintain a longer shelf life, but the amount of waste they produce is remarkable. This is why modern ecologists are concerned about landfills and waste dumps. We are running out of space to put trash, and things like plastic do not naturally decompose unless they are designed to. This is why recycling and up cycling are so important.
Most of those things simply do not decompose the way natural material do, so they just continue to exist in landfills, taking up more and more room. By choosing to recycle all paper products that come into your home and making a point to buy only post-consumer recycled paper products, we become part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
Glass, plastic and metals can all be melted down and reused to make other things. Consider either reusing your glass, plastic and metal items or recycling them so that they are not taking up landfill space.
Using a trash compactor is one way that you can help to reduce the size of your waste in landfills. A trash compactor takes your garbage and compresses it into a smaller unit which is easy to dispose of and takes up far less room than a standard bag of trash. By condensing the size of the waste that we are sending to landfills, we help decrease the overall mass of the landfill. Overfilled landfills are currently a huge problem, and anything that we can do to reduce the volume and production of waste is very important to the environment.
Doing everything we can to restore the cleanliness of our environment is a gift to future generations, who we hope will be able to experience the unadulterated beauty of our planet and that they get to experience clean air and healthy lives. This is one of many reasons why managing our waste, choosing to recycle and up cycling are all important.
I hope we can solve this environmental problem together, if we take proper measures to solve it. To cut emissions quickly and effectively enough, we have to use the waste to energy plant, that combusts wastes to produce electricity.