Eco-friendly: it’s no longer a catchphrase that only applies to the overtly environmentally conscious. It’s something that is now widely embraced and continues to evolve.
Mandates change, recycling containers become increasingly prevalent, and the subject of mandatory composting to combat the 26 million tons of food waste that ends up in landfills is more widely discussed. What other trends are we seeing in the waste management industry?
A trend that is likely to continue to get legs into the future is in regard to how we use plastics. Plastic items are increasingly finding their way into local ecosystems, and it’s a hazard, particularly to wildlife. Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam), once widely used, has for many years now been phased out as a popular packaging material. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of it out there leaching into the groundwater. Plastic shopping bags have been banned in many communities, as have plastic bottles. Look for the continued phase-out of unsustainable materials in the future.
Polylactic acid is a resin that comes from plants that can be used in biodegradable plastic. It’s being used in everything from clothes to car parts. However, in order for it to break down sufficiently, it requires a municipal recycling and composting system where it can be handled correctly. While it’s a positive that industries are looking toward more production of polylactic acid products, there has to be widespread systems in place to dispose of these products properly.
Anaerobic digestion technology, which is currently being developed in California, is a promising waste management trend that could be used as an energy source. The technology is being used in Sacramento to process 100 tons of organic material a day. It basically takes food and other biodegradable matter and converts it into energy. Could this trend spread eastward?
In 2010, the U.S. generated approximately 258 million units of e-waste, and it has likely grown exponentially since
Smartphones, laptops, tablet computers and desktop computers are all items that include toxic parts. Unfortunately, consumers go through new models quickly, which means more and more electronic waste is ending up in the wrong places. In 2010, the U.S. generated approximately 258 million units of e-waste, and it has likely grown exponentially since. The waste management trend to manage the e-waste is currently only a discussion occurring internationally, but some major electronic retailers like Best Buy have established recycling programs to help curb the flood of toxic e-waste into the environment.
Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on home remodeling projects. This is an ongoing trend that produces tons of waste, and it has to be disposed of properly. The following is a list of items that should never be put in a dumpster:
- Cleaning agents
- Fluids from automobiles
At A City Suburban Services, we can assist you in making sure nothing you throw out is going to impact the environment negatively. Furthermore, we can assist you with reliable same day dumpster rental service with dumpsters as small as six cubic yards to as large as 30 cubic yards. Call us at (773) 295-0303 for a free quote, or get online and send us a message for a free quote. We’re committed to serving you as well as being eco-friendly.