Human activity has caused the expedited degradation of our environment. Careless over-consumption has led to the depletion of resources such as clean air, water, and soil.
So how can you make a difference?? In this short informative article ,you will learn four helpful solutions to living green.
"The total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018 was approximately 292.4 million tons. Which is 4.9 pounds per person per day. "
- Environmental Protection Agency, (2009)
a. Reduce Pollution - Waste if not properly recycled or disposed of release harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases;
b. Reduce the need for raw material Stop habitat destruction and global warming. Unsustainably sourced items destroy the planet during the harvesting process;
c. Reduce energy usage Mass production requires a mass amount of energy. One ton of recycled plastic saves 5,774 Kwh of energy;
d. Save Space Landfill space is running out of space. The U.S. has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency;
e. Save Money Because it costs less money to recycle than to location, harvest, transport and produce new products ; and
f. Save Natural Resources. No need to harvest new material.
The total MSW recycled was 69 million tons, with paper and paperboard accounting for 67 percent of that amount. Metals were made up of about 13 percent, while glass, plastic and wood were made up between 4 and 5 percent.
- Environmental Protection Agency (November 10th 2020)
Remember how we mentioned soil being a resource we are destroying; here is how you can help replenish that right in your own home.
That’s right, we’re talking about composting. Composting is organic material created with food Scraps, yard waste and soil. 30% of the waste we throw away is perfectly good compostable material.
Why is composting important?
It keeps organic material out of landfills which prevents the release of methane gas, which is a potent greenhouse gas! I know what you're thinking. Isn't composting stinky? How do I compost in my apartment complex. If your apartment complex does not offer compost on premises check out this website for some solutions https://learn.eartheasy.com/articles/how-to-compost-in-an-apartment/
The total MSW composted was 25 million tons. This included approximately 22.3 million tons of yard trimmings (more than a five-fold increase since 1990) and 2.6 million tons of food waste (4.1 percent of generation of wasted food).
-Environmental Protection Agency (October 29 2020)
Keep your gently used items out of the landfills by donating. Donating to organizations like Good Will and the Salvation army not only gives people access to high quality items for cheap but it will help supply funds to useful services that they offer to those in need in your community.
Lucky for you SunDown Valet Waste offers a drop off service for any bulky item you would like to donate to your local charity. Just Send a request through our schedule a haul page.
Change begins at home. Look up how to properly recycle in your city. Instead of throwing out things after one usage discover ways to repurpose or reuse them if it's safe to do so. Buy products for your household that are sustainably made or made of recyclable material.
Composting At Home https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home
Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling
Frequently Asked Questions: Benefits of Recycling https://lbre.stanford.edu/pssistanford-recycling/frequently-asked-questions/frequently-asked-questions-benefits-recycling
Waste Reduction Model (WARM)