Where Does Your Rubbish End Up?

Have you ever wondered where your rubbish ends up? Not so many people are bothering to think about rubbish. Every day, you always do something that makes the rubbish bins unemptied. Pretty sure that you are not even aware how much rubbish you have in a day.

Can you even imagine how much rubbish is disposed every day? Actually, millions of tons are generated every month. So, if we are all contributing to such huge amount of garbage every day, then sooner or later we won’t have enough space to build houses and establishments.

As a responsible citizen of our country, we should help in cleaning the neighborhood. Of course, this starts at home. Be aware about how much rubbish your community has generated. And then, learn how you can minimize the bulk of garbage you have.

What happens to your rubbish?

Many people do not care about what the people concerned are doing with the solid waste materials that are disposed every day. But, it could have been better if everybody knows about it. So, we have here a few materials listed for you to know what happens to them.

  • Plastic

Before plastic materials go under the process of recycling, they must be sorted out first. After sorting, they will be processed into a pellet. And then, this pellet will be used as a material to come up with various stuffs such as, furniture, home décor, toys and equipment. You can even buy this recycled items at a cheaper price.

  • Paper

Do you know that paper is recycled for various purposes? There are those who recycle it to make stationeries, books and materials for crafting stuffs.

  • Cans

Cans that are made of aluminum and tin are collected and recycled. They do a certain process and use this cans to come up with a new can. This is a great way of saving energy because raw materials are less used due to the recycled materials.

  • Glass

One way of reducing the emission of carbon dioxide is recycled glass that are dumped from house use. It could have been better if glasses are properly sorted and recycled. So that this material can be used in road construction.

Where rubbish goes

It could have been better if we are all aware where our rubbish goes. So, we have here a list of where your rubbish ends up after collected from your homes.

  • Landfills

How do you feel looking at the landfills? Most of the time, you can find a mountain of garbage here. Of course, expect various insects and animals hanging around and scavenging for stuffs.

  • Recycling and Composters

Solid materials that you dumped must be recycled. Paper, plastic, bottles, cans and glass are sorted and recycled. While, rubbish and spoiled food waste are used in the compost process for agricultural purposes.

  • Incinerators

This uses a machine to burn solid wastes and turn them into ashes. With this process, we can minimize the garbage dumped in the landfills.

  • Digesters

Here, machines are also used to convert organic waste materials into an energy or fertilizer. This would be very helpful in the field of agriculture.

Waste Management for Major Events

 

Like house demolitions and renovations, big events tend to generate a lot of waste in a short span of time. Some would need the help of ten truckloads to accommodate all the plastic waste from marathons, various awarding ceremonies, concerts, music festivals or sports leagues.

It is one of the major environmental issues being faced by urban areas. While the event management has a disposal and reuse programs, these plans were being challenged. Tetra packs, sachets, food wrappers, water bottles, papers, and cans are the staple wastes after an event.

Aside from these unsightly factors, wastes also pose health risks and removing them become a costly expense for organizers and event managers. There are several waste management steps to implement at every event.

CREATE A WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT WORKS

When we create waste management plans, we should set realistic goals and doable methods to meet our target. You should assign a team to handle this area of the event. However, you should also gather other parties involved in the event, so everybody will take responsibilities and assist in the waste reduction efforts.

Communicate with your staff, associate personnel, vendors, and contractors to raise awareness of your goals and to emphasize their role in implementing it. Include it as well in all your contractual agreements and service contracts.

PROVIDE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURES

Consider the different waste streams so you can determine the number of trash bins and the system to use for the event. Have a clear signage with a combination of images and words, so people will know where to throw their garbage.

EVALUATE

Find out if your waste minimization efforts are a success or if it requires modifications. Track the necessary improvements on your reports and don’t forget to include what you and the entire events management team have achieved in your waste management program.

You can also try these new environmental waste management schemes to avoid lagging.

  • Provide a separate bin for recyclable materials. Proper the saying “garbage in, garbage out.” While managing your garbage inputs, you also should handle the outputs. Placing a repository in visible areas is effective.
  • Encourage the audience only to use reusable cups or plates and biodegradable disposables.
  • Look for potential sponsorship or seek the help of volunteers to clean-up and sort materials. Also, setting up a large back-of-house station is recommended. It is where volunteers or paid staff can work on sorting through garbage bags that were already full.
  • Impose an incentive program by giving the crown recycling bags where they can collect trash and submit it to the staff for a reward or token.

For those who are planning to have a large outdoor event like food or music festival, expect that waste management could be one of the tedious tasks to handle. These events produce tons of waste, and it needs some careful planning on your part to manage it efficiently.

These are just some ideas to incorporate into your waste management plan for an event. Prevent extra expenses by planning and considering diversion efforts appropriately.

Recycled Water Is Essential For Our Future

Reusing and recycling our natural resources such as water is humankind’s effort in protecting the environment. Fortunately, various programs focus on reducing the use of water and preventing wastewater thus, the need to recycle water. Such initiatives from the public and private entities can deliver significant social, economic and environmental benefits.

Recycled water refers to a climate dependent and a renewable source. It does not have the same restrictions like potable water and is always available despite factors such as population. By using recycled water, we are saving the future generation.

The impacts of global warming and rainfall variations severely affect us but not if we use recycled water. Most of us don’t realize that recycled water is used to supply water for wetland ecosystems, recharge underground aquifers, and helps in residential development.

Alternative water resources include the following;

RAINWATER- it is the easiest and most efficient way to conserve water supplies and lessen the water we use. There are various methods to try to collect and handle rainwater for home, multi-residential and community utilization.

GREYWATER– refers to non-toilet household wastewater. It is also a suitable source of water especially during water restriction and drought. However, greywater should be treated and undergo recycling systems to prevent health risks.

INDUSTRIAL WATER– reusing this type of water source can alleviate the pressure on our current sources. It can also help to avoid the needs to release to sewers. Likewise, proper treatments and management of industrial water will allow you to use it for irrigation, material washing, toilet flushing and the like.

Recycled water offers plenty of benefits that all of us can enjoy.

  • It helps save precious drinking water resources. It contributes to water conservation efforts while ensuring that there is a sustainable water supply for the future generations.
  • It also lessens treated water discharge. Instead of releasing it into the ocean, treated water can keep the suburbs green hence, reducing heat-island effect due to human-made structures.
  • It is a renewable source that can be restored through the sewerage system.
  • Technically, we are returning water to the environment by using recycled water.

We cannot ignore the fact that we will also experience the benefit or recycling water and other natural resources. It can produce greener neighborhoods and open spaces, reduce the use of clean water while improving the health and quality of every community.

Perth Skip Bins Hire: Leading By Example

We, here at ZB’s promote to protect the environment and aim to get rid of waste all together. Being passionate about it, makes us push this awareness even harder. But what we sometime forget (though not intentionally) is that we don’t have to do everything ourselves. Getting help outside can leverage your efforts. Heard of the old saying “work smarter… not harder”?

People nowadays usually have a busy daily schedule. Though you can get lucky, simply asking for help from others will often be met by an apologetic no. Instead, a smarter way of getting outside help is making the process a mutual beneficial process. In fact, this is the focus of our post today: where a local skip bins hire service may be used to leverage your efforts around the house.

What better way to discuss this than to actually feature an actual local business who is currently in operation. A Perth skip bins company trading as Wizz Binz is a good exemplar of how you can utilise such service to leverage your efforts around the house. Think about it, you are paying for their service; therefore helping a small local business in your area and at the same time making your job of disposing waste at your home a whole lot easier. In fact, some task is nearly impossible to do without the help of a local business. For example, the disposal of hazardous waste such as asbestos; you will often need a licensed operator to do this. Most skip bins operators will usually handle such waste. Just make sure you ask them before hiring a skip bin if this is what you require.

skip bins back of truck

Another take home message from this post is that not only will your local waste management services makes your task easier, they themselves is making a big contribution in minimising the amount of waste in our environment. Think about it, you may hire their service once a year when you’re doing a spring clean; but these hire service company go out on a daily basis to send bins to people’s houses.

Remember, you’re not only limited to skip bins hire; there are many other waste management services in your local area that you can use. Simply check your local paper or search on the internet, they are everywhere!

Let’s Make Pollution History

Pollution is the presence or introduction into the environment of a substance which can be harmful or has poisonous effects. There are mainly three major types of pollution that are land, air and water. Other minor types of pollution include radioactive contamination, noise and light pollution. Pollution is an increasingly major environmental health problem affecting everyone from both developed and developing countries. “Environmental pollution is an incurable disease, it can only be prevented” (Barry Commoner). Prevention in this context will be to reduce the amount of pollutants by undertaking a wide range of measures and interventions.

To combat pollution, we first must understand of what causes it and its effects. Pollution is caused by several activities we conduct daily, from construction of buildings, vehicles, mining activities, industrial waste to improper disposal of household waste. Robert Orben once said there is so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there would be no place to put it all. Pollution especially air attribute to major health problems such as asthma, tuberculosis, cancer and heart diseases. Water pollution endangers aquatic species and this in the years has greatly affected biodiversity. Land pollution in some parts of Australia has led to death of birds and some other terrestrial species. Water pollution also leads to water bodies filling up quickly and thus causing floods.

Making pollution history lies in everyone’s hands, it takes everyone to take a stand and do what is right to end this nightmare. The first step to do is to educate people and raise awareness on pollution for example its effects and how to stop including correct disposal of waste. There are three R’s to reduce pollution which are recycle, reuse and reduce. Recycling involves reprocessing of the same material and use it for something else, reusing involves purchasing durable products that can be used repeatedly. Reducing is limiting the waste by for example buying products in bulk that have less packaging material and buying reusable plastic grocery shopping bags.

Due to advancement in technology there has been in an increase in the number of electronics people own and these end up in landfills. To dispose electronics one can pass them on to other people or take them to electronic companies where there are recycled. It is important to both the environment and people. Generally, it takes about 6 months for an orange to decompose, 5 years for a milk carton and 200 – 500 years for a beer can.

Furthermore, to stop pollution people need to use suitable transport modes for example using a bicycle or catching public transport. We also need to chemicals away from the water supply for example not flushing any medication, avoiding pesticides and herbicides and disposing toxic waste properly.

Do you really want vulnerable animals dying in your hands? Whenever you think of smoking or polluting the environment think about the cancer patients on their end of life care. Let’s stop pollution together as a community, it begins with you and me.

Are You Ready World? ‘Cos Here We Come!

ZBs Enviromental Protection

If you somehow landed on this page. Then you might be wondering what the hell? No pages yet, pretty blank except for this single opening post. We don’t blame ya. There isn’t much  information on this website.. yet.

To keep this post short and sweet.. we’ve just acquired this domain and we’re showcasing our hidden passion (well it won’t be hidden any longer when the word gets out there about this blog of ours!) of protecting the environment. In particular we want to ideally make this world free of waste. many would say an impossible task – but it is an aim that we at ZB’s intend to aspire to. Aim high and you keep the possibility open. If you don’t, how the hell are you suppose to achieve it? Right?

You might see other similar websites/blogs like ours and we’re cool about it. In fact, at this moment in time.. there are many other similar small blogs talking about “enviroment protection”, “waste free environment” and “save the world” etc etc. We’re not trying to be unique but instead we are hoping to really spread the message of “let’s clean up this world and keep it that way!”

In the next couple of days (or even in the next few hours!) we are hoping to post regularly to keep our readers (you) engaged in what we strongly believe in. Posts might be random in title but it will carry a common core message about striving for a clean environment. Information overload? Perhaps. But we won’t apologise because we are damn passionate about it!