Canada’s Waste Reduction Week (WRW) occurs around mid-October and is a good time to reflect on how we–as people–can take part in waste management. Often times, they feel that their contributions have no real consequence in the end since some individuals are so overloaded with Earth’s problems. For others, social barriers can be a problem. One woman admitted that she did not want to be seen purchasing utilized products or being worried about power usage. When the household was so affluent, she was concerned people would see her like a cheap scrooge. Yet, she was very cautious to be seen with recycling bins out on the curb on pick-up day, since THAT scenario was believed to be the important things to do socially. WRW is a good time to put an end to these negative thoughts and sensations of false pride. Waste reduction is not about ego; instead, it has to do with the health of the planet and of our nation.
Neighborhoods would be smart to take a look at Nova Scotia‘s waste-decrease successes and try to replicate them in their own locations. With the highest waste reduction rates in Canada, Nova Scotia has actually reduced landfill contributions by 46%, conserving about $31 million annually, just by maximizing the recyclable and organic materials. One curbside recycling service, Blue Box, has offered it to 99% of its residents, and 76% now delight in curbside organic service (a.k.a. Green Box). Many cities are suggesting compost bins for those constituents with access to backyards and worm bins.
Individuals will discover that they do not need to put the trash out as frequently, due to the simple fact that both the smells and volume are significantly decreased. Lots of trash collection businesses offer discounts to houses with lowered waste as a financial reward. Organizations, such as restaurants and coffee shops might lower their waste disposal costs by a substantial quantity simply by recycling their organic waste.
We can also assist the waste management industry to run more effectively. For example, when only complete trash can and Blue or Green boxes are put out on the curb, the trash truck does not need to stop as often and lose nonrenewable fuel sources inefficiently while idling. (Incidentally, automobile idling is accountable for 3% of the air pollution issue.) Similarly, by collapsing products like cardboard and paperboard (cereal or animal food) boxes before recycling we are ensuring that space is used more efficiently, thus lowering the number of bins needed for transporting products.
Recycling, alone, has a big influence on the environment. Studies have revealed that if 100 apartment units practiced maximum recycling, it would save 21.93 thirty-foot trees, 26.86 cubic lawns of garbage dump space, 8,389 kilowatts of electrical power, and 77.4 pounds of air contamination in just one year!
So you see, these seemingly small choices and tiny efforts towards waste management truly do make a difference.