A couple of decades ago people did not give much thought about concepts like global warming or greenhouse effect. However, our consciousness has been awakened by propaganda presented by many environmentalists, and the simple evidence that the world really is gradually heating up. This knowledge has led us to discover and continue learning new ways to manage our waste.
Effective waste management requires great effort from the people who produce and take care of them. People have come up with various innovations and technologies to make this process safer and convenient for all the parties involved. However, as persons who produce trash every day, we must make it our responsibility to properly manage our garbage, from our homes or work places, even before they are taken by our disposal services.
Here are some tips on domestic or commercial waste management:
1) Reduce. To reduce means considering your needs and, as much as possible, simply living on them. Of course, this is pretty difficult to accomplish considering all the affordable luxuries that are made available to the majority of our population, so it requires a great amount of self-control and discipline. We can also do this by limiting our consumption of materials that we know produce non-biodegradable wastes like plastic and the like.
2) Reuse. Reusing worn materials is another thing that most of us are having difficulty doing. Who wants to reuse old stuff when you can easily buy new ones? However, things that are commonly considered reusable are actually the same ones that can produce wastes that are not easily degraded and thereforedirectory, could simply pile up in dumps.
3) Recycle. This is probably the most popular among the 3 R’s, possibly because many people make a living out of it. The abundance of junk shops and garage sales in every community makes it hard to imagine how many recyclable materials are still not being recycled. Many people rush to disposing their things without considering if other people can actually have better use for them. A vital part of this effort is segregating your trash to know which ones are recyclable and which ones are not.
4) Waste disposal services. There are many companies that promise to take your garbage from your home or work place and dispose it properly. What’s important in choosing the right people to do the job is that you are knowledgeable of the types of garbage that you produce and their specific disposal needs. Some that are considered hazardous cannot be simply dumped in the same place where all other materials are. It may cause health and environmental problems to people living in the same area. You must find out if a particular company has programs managing this type of disposal.