Solid waste has become a problem for many urban cities and an actual crisis for some. Each household puts out several bags of trash every week for pick up. The city then brings the trash to the dump and has to determine what to do with it. Hopefully, citizens have separated their recycling from their trash and even better, hopefully they’ve also got a compost pile in their yard so that their trash is further reduced. People need to ensure that they’re not putting hazardous waste into their trash bags also. People in busy areas without yards or in apartment complexes that do not offer recycling facilities need to ensure that their building owners are accountable. Starting a neighborhood composting project or contacting a recycling company to help will go a long way in the preservation of our environment.
Companies that pick up waste and deliver it to landfill sites may also help in the solid waste management process. Sorting sites usually exist throughout a landfill site with places for your trash, a recycling center that allows you to sort your glass, cans and newspapers, a hazardous goods drop off point as well as a place for tires, old appliances and electronics. Some landfill sites have a section for textiles as well as a rummage heap where people are welcome to drop off items that they may no longer require but that may be a treasure to someone else.
Some are simply drop off points for local residents while other sites are large landfill sites with various equipment including incinerators for garbage and anaerobic digesters. Managing the solid waste is an extensive process. Helping your city or town by sorting your garbage and reducing waste wherever possible is critical. Vast amounts of money are spent every day on the management of household trash. Because we have lived in a throwaway society for several generations since the industrial revolution, our planet has paid the price. Books and papers buried dozens of years ago can still be read if dug up from landfill sites. Newspaper is highly recyclable so taking a small amount of care in recycling will reduce the need for landfill sites and the high number of resources and dollars that it takes to manage solid waste.
Taking a few minutes to sort your trash and not dispose of anything recyclable or hazardous to the environment will go a long way in helping to correct the garbage problem.