According to NWSD, organic waste, also known as green waste, consume 14% of the global landfill space. These waste occur in the form of food waste, garden waste, degradable carbon, plant and animal-based waste.
Many people carelessly dump these waste devoid of the fact that they are 100% recyclable and biodegradable. In fact, the worse is that a number of people choose to dump them along with the non-recyclable waste.
You may be wondering why you need to collect such waste when in the real sense they will still end up decomposing in their final destination, in either the kerbside or landfill.
Besides adhering to the Global Waste Management objectives, there are a lot more environmental benefits achieved from a separate collection of green waste.
Reserving the landfill space
Spaces in the landfills are gems that should be used to achieve more benefits that are constructive in nature. Landfilled green waste consume precious spaces that could otherwise be used for keeping non-recyclable waste. Now that half of the total amount of waste is green waste, dumping these waste in landfills increases the consumption of landfill space at an alarming rate. On the other hand, landfills have a limited lifespan of about twenty years. They should, therefore, be used to realise maximum benefits since the creation of new ones is downright daunting.
Minimising cases of environmental pollution
If you have been into a place where organic waste are decomposing, then you definitely know the smell of the gases emitted. But, have you ever wondered what happens when the gases emitted to reach the ozone layer?
Improperly disposed green waste undergoes a process of anaerobic reaction. This chemical reaction produces methane gas and other byproducts. Methane, however, is a prime contributor to global warming. It is also explosive in nature.
In rainy condition, the decomposing matter can result in unwanted liquid, commonly known as leachate. The liquid extracts soluble and suspended solids or any other type of material where it passes. If left to flow freely on the land, leachates can be a potential risk factor to diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
The last in the list of byproducts is Carbon (IV) Oxide gas. Similar to methane, Carbon (IV) Oxide is the most important greenhouse gas with approximately higher ability to cause global warming as compared to any other form of gas.
During green waste decomposition, higher concentrations of Carbon (IV) Oxide is produced. The gas is absorbed in the atmospheric water vapour hence resulting in acidic rains. You do not need to be a brainer in order to understand the adverse effects of acidic rains on the environment.
Green waste are valuable
For sure, why would you allow something like animal waste products to end up in landfills when in reality you can use them as fertiliser?
Organic waste contain different types of nutrients, water, and minerals. When carefully collected, they can be piled and left to compost. Various individuals and agricultural firms normally use compost fertilisers mainly as supplements to enhance agricultural production.
Green waste also contain a bio-energy that can be tapped and returned into the grid. Materials such as leaves, wood, food waste and animal products are commercially used to create biogenic or biomass form of electric energy. They are also used in the production of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. A number of machines are powered using the two types of biofuels.
Managing kitchen and green waste is a crucial factor in the maintenance of a cleaner environment both at the family, municipal, state, or global level. However, there are key factors to take into consideration before choosing an appropriate method of organic waste management.
Know the exact type of waste to be collected. With this in mind, you will surely know the type and size of bin to use for your waste collection. Second, be well versed with the operational cost linked to such collection and whether you need a waste collection company to do the job for you. Third, you will need to plan and create a waste diversion goal. This will keep you vigilant and on track.
At Paul’s Rubbish Removal, we offer a wide range of services along with waste management. Make a booking with us for a spotless and sparkling razor-clean environment. Our team will hand load your garbage onto our trucks for quick and safe rubbish disposal in Sydney.
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