Landfills have long been the way we dispose of our waste and while the management of landfills has become more efficient over the years, they’re still not the best way to manage waste. Originally, anything and everything went into these massive rubbish dumps, but we’ve learned that there are better ways.
Instead of turning your rubbish into a massive, odorous pile of waste, how can you reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills?
Recycle Everything Possible
Recycling has come a long way since it was merely glass and aluminium. We can now recycle a wide variety of things, right down to various types of plastic. It may seem like a waste of time to sort through it all and send it off to a recycling depot, but this is one of the best things you can do for the environment.
Substances like metal and plastic don’t biodegrade and they will be in the landfill forever. That’s a terrible legacy to leave future generations, especially when those substances can be reused again and again.
Wherever possible, recycle. If you are a large business, you should train your employees to recycle and sort as they remove the rubbish. This will save time at the end of the day and helps reduce your company’s impact on the environment.
Composting Green Materials
A large amount of rubbish is actually biodegradable and it makes no sense to throw it into a landfill, where it will rot away. When it’s all mixed in with the non-biodegradable waste, it can take longer for the green materials to decompose and this can cause issues in the landfill, as well, with sinking areas and pockets of biogas that can catch fire.
Composting is fairly simple to do, but most companies don’t have space to actually compost. Fortunately, there are composting centres that will take your green waste and not only compost it into useful soil that can be used in gardens but also capture the biogas. This biogas can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels for creating electricity, which means all that waste is actually useful.
What Are You Doing?
How are you making the world a better place? It’s estimated that around 90% of rubbish can be recycled and it’s possible to compost anything that is a green material or made of wood. Imagine the difference if only 10% or less of your waste actually ended up in the landfill?
To make things easier when it comes to recycling and composting, Cherry Hill Waste offers salvaging services. We do the recycling and composting for you, turning your rubbish into something useful for the environment. Contact us today to start making a difference.