Taking care of a home’s level of cleanliness is one of the most important tasks a homeowner will be confronted with — and a part of that task includes waste management. There are many reasons by Americans need to be concerned about waste management. There are the obvious, practical reasons at hand. This has to do with things like recycling, which in turn goes on to preserve the environment and the world in the future. However, there are also aesthetic reasons why people need to think about how they can remove trash efficiently. The fact is that if you don’t remove trash quickly and effectively, you’ll find that your home and its surroundings will be worse for wear, looking terrible. Many of us don’t dispose of trash as efficiently as we should — not necessarily due to a lack of intent, but because we don’t know how. Below, we’ll look at some of the ways you — and your town — can deal with waste management cleanly and easily. The easier waste management is, the more we can engage in it as we should! Waste management isn’t just up to the garbage man or the mayor — ultimately, it comes down to you, the homeowner.
How Much Trash Is There, Really?
Although, as mentioned above, many do not dispose of trash properly because they don’t know how to, others just don’t take the threat of trash accumulation seriously. This is somewhat understandable; it isn’t something we talk about, and many are misinformed about the seriousness of the issue. Trash removal is something that all of us need to take seriously, because the accumulation of trash in the United States is not lessening. Over the course of your lifetime, you will probably throw away an amount of trash that is about 600 times your own body weight. This is truly an egregious — and avoidable — amount of waste. It’s estimated that the average person generates around four pounds of trash a day, and when you consider the fact that the average household contains around four to five people — well, that’s a lot of trash. Often, this trash ends up in landfill. If not properly disposed of, however, it could also end up scattered along people’s yards and neighborhoods. This is disgusting, but all too common sight.
What Are The Consequences Of Trash Accumulation?
When trash over-accumulates and is mismanaged, the consequences are far reaching. There is a scientifically-proven negative impact on the earth, as well as health risks for many. But the issues of waste mismanagement go beyond the environment — it isn’t all about going green. There is a serious financial aspect to the situation that many do not consider. Each year, it’s estimated that about $11.5 billion is spent on cleaning up litter. Litter is just the trash that isn’t disposed of properly — this amount of money doesn’t even take into account the trash that is. Furthermore, many people think that the municipal government takes care of all of their trash; this isn’t the case. In fact, only around 25 to 55% of all waste generated in large cities is collected by municipal authorities. Luckily, you can take a more active role in the process yourself.
How Can I Ensure That My Trash Is Disposed Of?
It isn’t difficult or overly expensive to take a more active role in ensuring that your trash is managed well. For one thing, recycling often cuts down on the chance of trash being mismanaged, alongside its other positive effects. It’s believed that over 87% of Americans have access to roadside or drop-off recycling programs — so you probably do too. Investing in a recycling bin can vastly reduce your carbon footprint, and make disposing of waste easier. If one ton of cardboard is recycled, nine cubic yards of landfill space are saved.
This is an important issue, and you shouldn’t be passive about it. Take pride in your home — and your world — and get more involved in the waste management process.