Waste Management Services Help Protect Our Environment
Waste management has come a long way regarding environmental safety. A few options, in particular, provide amazing benefits for the environment. Previously, humans disposed of waste by burying it underground to help reduce the amount of harmful bacteria that could seep into drinking water and be absorbed by crops, however, we now know that this isn’t always effective. With the advancement of technology and the reliable service of waste management companies, there are amazing solutions available to protect our environment and to dispose of waste safely and efficiently.
Roll-Off Dumpsters for Environment Protection
In the modern era, we are producing larger quantities of waste that can be challenging to dispose of in an environmentally safe manner. Or so they think. Many construction and demolition (C&D) companies create vast sums of debris and waste throughout a project and habitually toss remnants that may actually be reusable. This kind of waste can be generated while building or demolishing buildings, roads, homes, bridges and more. Fortunately, here at PBS Services, we have some solutions.
A recent article about waste management stated, “Although C&D debris is not typically considered a type of municipal solid waste, millions of tons of it have gone to municipal landfills over the years. If this material is separated at the construction or demolition site into separate piles of concrete, wood, and steel, it can usually be recycled.”
The amount of waste produced can add up, making roll-off containers a vital part of the project’s success. When you choose the right waste management service, they will provide practical solutions to environmentally safe disposal methods. One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of the roll-off dumpster is by renting enough dumpsters to manage all of your recyclable needs. Numerous C&D items are recyclable such as:
Cardboard is another huge component C&D construction but is mismanaged when it’s tossed in with other debris and trash. Renting more than one roll-off container gives you the ability to manage recycling and waste from the front end for the best environmental stability. When you are working with a waste management service professional, they can make suggestions and edits to your waste plan for the best results.
Recycling and Its Environmental Impact
Creating larger sums of waste means landfills are reaching their maximum capacity sooner than any generation has previously seen. Most of this waste is not biodegradable and in some cases it can take hundreds of years for complete decomposition. Recycling serves the dual purpose of protecting people’s health and conserving resources. Trash and waste can cause a lot of air and water pollution making it very dangerous to both humans and animals. Here are some quick facts about the benefits of recycling:
- Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.
- Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
- The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
- Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
- The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
(Source: Time To Recycle)
The best part of recycling is it’s feasible for both individuals and companies to participate. Waste management companies can sort reusable products such as glass, oil, plastic, paper, and aluminum to help the environment. But the benefits of recycling aren’t just to eliminate the waste piling up in landfills, it helps to make production of these products more cost-efficient.
When you work with an experienced waste management service provider, they can help you implement strategies to minimize waste and maximize recycling.
Landfills and Environmental Solutions
Working with a waste management company allows for solid waste to be disposed of properly to protect the environment. Sorting large quantities of C&D debris and waste is easier when you are working with a waste management company who knows how to apply best practices for landfill disposal. Landfills are a waste management practice that dates back hundreds of years. Early humans needed a safe way to separate themselves from the waste they produced because rotting garbage attracted bacteria that caused deadly diseases. Not burying trash into the ground could lead to issues with the decomposition running off into water sources causing widespread disease such as cholera. Fortunately, there have been advancements in landfill disposal to help protect the environment.
Greenhouse gas refers to the gas produced from organic materials such as food and yard waste. When these items start to decompose, they produce methane which is more dangerous than carbon monoxide and highly flammable. Recently, landfills are being lined with a thin membrane specially designed to catch methane and reduce the amount released back into the air.
Toxic water found in a landfill is called leachate. It occurs when rainfall or water from the ground is mixed in with the decomposition of the trash. Modern-day landfills are equipped with solutions to reduce this problem with a biological treatment to remove nitrogen and other compounds from the water. There is also a wet oxidized process used on organic material.
Computers, electronics, batteries, and televisions wind up in landfills and can create toxins that could seep into the soil and surrounding water sources. New landfills are designed with membranes to reduce the amount of mercury and other hazardous substances. These toxins are filtered through pipes and kept in a system where they are retained, burned, or turned into fertilizer.
With the help from a waste management company, there are many solutions available to maintain and protect our environment. At PBS services, we provide environmentally safe options for waste removal! Contact us to learn more.