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.