In recent decades many businesses and individuals throughout the United Kingdom have sought out ways that they can adjust their professional and personal lives in order to reduce the impact their activities has on the planet. However, have you considered your business’ waste management and disposal activities? Is it sustainable, or is there room for improvement?
How Can Waste Damage The Environment?
When disposed of in an unsustainable and irresponsible manner, waste can be very destructive to the environment. For example, unsustainably disposed of plastic, food, and hazardous waste can all cause significant harm to people and the planet.
- Plastic Waste
When irresponsibly disposed of, plastic waste is very harmful to the environment. Did you know that every year we throw away enough plastic each year to circle the Earth four times! Additionally, in the Pacific Ocean there is a floating mass of plastic which is twice the size of the US state of Texas. In this area, the plastic outnumbers local sea life at a ratio of 6:1. The scale of plastic pollution is so serious that one million sea birds are killed every year as a result of plastic in the ocean. As such, it is vital that businesses and individuals dispose of plastic in responsible manners that follow the waste hierarchy.
- Food Waste
Items of food waste damage the environment in numerous different ways. For example, waste food in landfill contributes to global warming. When people think about climate change and greenhouse gasses, they often think about carbon dioxide and ways that they can reduce their carbon footprint. However, methane gas is significantly more potent than carbon dioxide, accounting for approximately 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Global warming is a very serious threat to the entire planet. Did you know that according to data on NASA’s website, the Arctic sea ice has been declining by 13.3% per decade? – For those who are sceptical about the impact that global warming has on the planet, NASA has detailed information regarding the scientific consensus that the Earth is warming.
However, it’s also important to note that climate change isn’t just global warming. The changing climate has numerous other impacts on our planet. For example in the United Kingdom, climate change could result in an increased risk of flooding in both coastal and inland areas.
- Hazardous Waste
As its name suggestions, hazardous waste can be very dangerous – to both people and the environment. In the short term, hazardous waste can cause issues with regards to water pollution; making streams, rivers, or lakes unsuitable for use in agriculture or unsafe to drink.
However, in the long term, hazardous waste can be devastating to populations of bees, which are a vital part of the life cycle with numerous plants dependant on them to reproduce. Additionally, hazardous waste is linked to the destruction of natural environments, natural resources, and in some cases hazardous waste “can lead to cancer, seizures, poisoning and death”.
How Can You Responsibly And Sustainably Dispose Of Waste?
The above examples of how different types of waste can damage the environment are indeed quite alarming. In order to preserve the planet it is vital that businesses and individuals take steps to make their disposal habits more sustainable in through responsible waste disposal practices.
- Plastic Waste
The amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans is indeed terrifying. However, if you are drinking bottled water, you’ll be reassured to know that one of the more common forms of plastic used to create drinks bottles is Polyethylene terephthalate (often abbreviated to PET or PETE).
However, according to information on Recycle Now, 44% of plastic bottles are not currently placed into recycling and the number of plastic bottles that are not recycled could be as high as 29 billion by the end of 2020. That’s less than two years away.
Remember that plastic items which are made from PET or PETE are highly recyclable. This means that, you can help to reduce your impact on the environment by disposing of plastic bottles in an appropriate plastic recycling service.
- Food Waste
As discussed above, when disposed of via landfill, items of food waste release methane gas as they break down, which contributes to climate change.
There are numerous different ways that every-day people and businesses can fight the effects of climate change, one such way is by tackling food waste. You can help to make a difference by choosing to dispose of your food waste using a food recycling disposal solution such as anaerobic digestion or composting.
- Hazardous Waste
As discussed above, there are numerous different items of hazardous waste. Waste is classified as hazardous if it is or has potential to be harmful to people, animals, or the environment. One example of hazardous waste is laboratory chemicals. So if your business produces waste laboratory chemicals, how can you dispose of your waste in a responsible and sustainable manner?
Previously this form of waste was disposed of via incineration, however in today’s society there are much more economical and sustainable alternatives that businesses can choose to dispose of their chemical waste. For example, you could send waste laboratory chemicals to a specialist facility where they are used as an alternative energy source.
Integrated Waste Services From RTS
The RTS Waste team can provide an integrated waste solution to help your business save costs and turn your waste into revenue generators. By working coherently with your workforce, we can provide a hands-on integrated service that reduces waste, pinpoints recycling opportunities, and maximises your resources.
Dispose Of Your Waste Sustainably With Waste Services From RTS Waste Management
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