Guest Blog by Erich Lawson
Climate change has become a reality in today’s world. While many environmentalists are advocating green and sustainable energy, people are still not emphasizing enough on the hazards of reckless waste disposal and treatment. When waste is treated or makes it way to landfills, it emits greenhouse gases that have an adverse effect on the worldwide climate. In essence your local waste makes a contribution to global climate change.
However, we do have the opportunity to change and to transition towards a zero waste and lower impact society. The list below offers 6 ways that we can move towards this zero waste and lower impact society.
1 - Reducing Waste
It is estimated if efforts are made to reduce waste to levels that were prevalent in 1990, it is possible to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 11.6 million metric tons of carbon equivalent, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
2 - Recycling
3 - Reducing and Recycling Paper Products
Nearly half of the waste that makes it to landfills and incinerators in the United States comprises of wood and paper.
4 - Methane – The High Contributor
Hence, if individuals and industries want to reduce emissions of methane, which is potent as a greenhouse gas, efforts should be made to prevent methane producing waste and to encourage recycling. These two measures will help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and address concerns regarding climate change.
5 - Forget Landfills and Incineration
So, rather than discarding drink containers made from aluminum and plastic, there should be a concerted effort by every community to recycle them. This will save energy and also prevent emissions.
6 - Make Composting a Priority
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Erich Lawson is very passionate about the environment and effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on educating the public on how modern recycling equipment can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting http://www.norcalcompactors.net