Disposing of trash inside your home is essential. It would be great if you implement proper waste disposal methods, and that’s a huge convenience for everyone. However, numbers suggest otherwise. On average, Americans throw out enough rubbish to fill over 60,000 garbage trucks every day.
On major holidays such as Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day, the number rises. The US disposes of 200 hundred million tons of junk each year. You would find it hard to believe that we produce this much. Does America dispose of waste in ideal environments?
An overview of America’s largest waste disposal method
Landfills are the largest junk repositories in the US and, arguably, the same for the rest of the world. A person generates more than 4 pounds of trash every day and it goes straight into the landfills. These landfills are operated by various companies that specialize in servicing communities by hauling their junk. According to a World Bank report, there are more than 3,000 new landfills and 10,000 old ones across all states in the US. The continuous practice in the waste disposal method that the American landfill operators do has little to no segregation at all.
The amount of recyclable materials that have made it into American landfills is just shocking. A study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University found that 75 percent is recyclable junk or can be repurposed in some way. Paper, for example, is a completely reusable and recyclable material because of its versatility and, if conserved from the landfills, can save about five kilometers of landfill space. Other examples of junk that could’ve been recycled are old electronics, plastic, used acrylic, glass, warped PVC pipes, used copper wires, and other industrial materials.
Worth of responsible junk removal known: now what?
Now that you’re fully aware of where your home junk’s destination is and how it fills an entire landfill, what can you contribute? It always starts at home. Here, you can implement and perform basic conservation practices. Biodegradable materials such as rotten fruit, used coffee grounds, and even old vegetables from your fridge can be used as organic fertilizers in your backyard. Non-biodegradable items, especially recyclables, can be repurposed for handicrafts, fillers, improvised covers, decorations, and more.
Keep in mind that you should consider getting assistance from established companies with junk removal services if the job is too much for you to handle. A good example would be those that continuously operate through the neighborhood non-stop to satisfy customer needs and demands.
Wrapping up, it always depends on the collective efforts of the community. However, what matters most is our contribution to the whole. Whatever it is that we can do to promote effective junk removal practices, we should carry out. Indeed, each person in the community should be committed and cooperative in creating a junk-free community. Who knows? You might start social advocacy that will potentially drive your community towards your goal!