Updated: Apr 26
Waste management (or waste disposal) include the activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal.
The United States is the top producer of municipal solid waste, according to the EPA, the average American person will produce about 5.91 pounds of trash, with about 1.51 pounds being recycled; 4.40 pounds is the rough average daily waste per person.
We rely so much on material things and they all (almost) end up as waste. And hey — where does the waste end up?
Garbage ends up varies widely between regions, states and even cities. The landfill is the most popular destination for solid waste, by a wide margin.
Do we have enough Land-filled?
The US is on pace to run out of room in landfills within 18 years, potentially creating an environmental disaster, the report argues. The Northeast is running out of landfills the fastest, while Western states have the most remaining space, according to the report.
Over 2,000 landfills are currently open in the United States, making our country an uglier place. And although they’re often camouflaged fairly well, the negative issues that accompany landfills remain.
In general, Americans are pretty bad at composting and recycling: by some estimates, up to three-quarters of the material in U.S. landfills could have been diverted. We throws away $11.4 billion worth of recyclable containers and packaging every Year ,2.5 million plastic bottles every hour – about 42,000 per minute, or about 695 per second, and 65 billion aluminum soda cans each year.
What can we do to help? Do we want to filling the world with trash?
Recycling helps keep waste out of landfills.
Some simple and easy to practice suggestions to help waste reduction:
Cardboard boxes: Instead of tossing out cardboard boxes, break them down and deliver them to your local recycling facility.Motor oil: Many companies that provide oil change services and general automotive repair collect motor oil for recycling. Donate clothes., eat Healthy, buy things with less packaging, boycott plastic water bottles, just Don't buy as much stuff that you don’t need.
If we spend only few minutes of our day to help our environment , the world will be a much nicer place to live.