Preserving the environment is crucial for setting up a course for a better future. It has been widely discussed in the course of the last several decades that humanity is not doing terribly well in caring for the planet Earth and that we’re probably heading towards worsening of many environmental aspects. What is most commonly talked about, and you probably have heard over the course of time, is waste management and recycling. Now, it is inevitable that all of us produce some amount of waste, each and every individual. Include all sectors of businesses such as the industrial, commercial, residential, etc. that also create waste in various amounts, and you’ll have a problem so huge it seems mind-boggling to even attempt to solve it. Still, there are ways to get a grip on it and handle waste management more effectively, both for individuals and businesses.
The Benefits of Proper Waste Management
Other than the obvious and aforementioned, environmental protection, there are many other benefits to introducing a more effective waste management plan to your business, such as:
- Generating money, because recyclable materials may be an interesting purchase for their value
- Improving safety in the workplace, because poorly managed waste can truly become a health hazard
- A step-up in business philosophy, going “green” can both make your company look better and be more reputable, hence attracting more customers.
When it comes to methods for managing waste, recycling is the most popular. It means basically transforming waste into a new product, hence reusing a material instead of adding it to nature. The processing mechanisms, technologies for recycling are very expensive though, so not many will afford to use this form of management.
Incineration is also a popular method, using combustion to rid yourself of piled-up waste. It can reduce the amount of waste by over 90%, by burning it into its base components. If you do use this method, it is very important to include filters, that can reduce the collateral environmental hazard (gas/smoke being released into the atmosphere).
Composting may spark your interest if you are willing to wait, since it’s a slower process, and requires a lot of space. Allowing bio-waste to accumulate in a pit can be used as manure for plants after some time. The upside is, it improves land fertility greatly! If in search of another solid waste management plan, another environmental-friendly method is called plasma gasification. Industries striving for perfection (zero-waste production) use this method because it can convert recyclables/solid waste into energy, using high temperatures to make syngas out of them which then either be combusted or turned into chemicals or some higher-grade fuels.
Better Environment + Employment
Of course, the first and most important quality of waste management is that it will eventually lead to a better, fresher environment. By investing in it, we are directly investing in our futures. If everything is disposed of properly, we can expect an improvement in the air quality and also fewer diseases spreading. The fact that good waste management decreases air pollution should be one of the greatest selling points to all of us.
Other than benefiting the overall quality of our surroundings, the processes/methods we’ve mentioned before do require a workforce, so it will also increase employment. Managing waste, recycling, selling recycled products… These processes can create hundreds of jobs and are in some cases highly profitable.
Disposing of Special Waste
There are certain kinds of waste that cannot be disposed of in a traditional manner, and without special handling needed to prevent hazardous contamination from taking place. For example, biomedical waste disposal is almost always done in health care institutions and similar facilities. It is done by professionals who effectively dispose of hazardous waste.
It is very important not to let any biohazardous waste be poorly treated because it can greatly affect people’s health.
Collection of Waste
Many countries/cities are investing in recyclable systems, differentiating waste by providing people multiple different containers for different sorts of waste material like plastic, metal, and paper. Now it’s lovely to put out those containers, but someone also has to regularly and efficiently collect them in a safe and effective manner. There are automated vacuum waste collection systems that are primarily underground and have been set up in many cities now (Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, New York, Mecca, etc.) This system highly reduces the noise, operating cost and provides flexibility.
There are lots of gadgets and tools out there that can help you deal with rubbish and recycling. From smart bins that sorting out the rubbish thanks to onboard cameras to small household trash compactors that allow you to get even more rubbish into the bin. Not only will these items help you with this chore, but some of them can also be surprisingly fun.
Start Small, Your Household Matters
I know what you might think. Why bother with all this sorting of garbage, trying to compost or recycle in the comfort of your own home, when it is the big polluters that matter, anyways. Well, it is true that you will never come close to polluting the same as some big factory, power plant, or agricultural company out there, but making your own contribution to preserving the environment doesn’t amount to anything. On the contrary, it sets out an example for those around you and the young ones. Also, you will feel much better about yourself
Make it Fun For Kids
Recycling and dealing with household rubbish doesn’t have to be some boring chore. It can be turned into a game with rewards for those little ones who put the right items in the correct bins. You can even decorate the bins to make them more colourful and fun.
It Can Be Good For Your Mental Health
Arte some someone who finds themselves worrying about the environment and indeed Earths climate as a whole? Professional psychologist Dr Jared Scherz says “It instils a sense of worth, and it gives people something to be passionate about, something to talk about with others.” meaning it really can be good for your brain as well as your body…
There are so many health benefits to properly balancing how much we pollute. By reducing the amount of waste that we put out there, we’ll have a direct effect on underwater life contamination. Plastic is a big problem for sea creatures, as you might have seen in the news. What you perhaps haven’t thought about is how the ocean’s health also affects ours, by improving the quality of seafood, ensuring a better climate and economy.
Good management also reduces the risks of infectious disease spreading, which is especially important in developing countries. It also cuts down on the risks of respiratory illnesses caused by air contaminated by burning trash.
The bottom line is, everyone should do their part in managing the waste we produce, both for our sake and for the sake of the generations that come ahead. It is such a beautiful planet and everyone should work on making it stay that way. Here you’ve read about different methods and many different benefits of properly managing waste, both for individuals and businesses. Hopefully, it was a useful read.