Waste disposal entails significant costs. Wastes do not only ruin the environment, but can be costly sometimes especially when disposing hazardous wastes. There are a lot of waste disposal strategies and techniques to reduce wastes. Reducing waste not only reduce environmental hazard, but also reduces the disposal costs.
The following are tips on how to reduce waste disposal as well as the costs:
- Recycle. Recycling has been the most overused term in waste management, but until now, people have not been aggressive in recycling wastes. Segregate the recyclable materials such as paper, plastic cups and others. Also, consider donating items which can be used at schools or orphanages such as pails, buckets, old clothes, etc. You can also donate edible left-over food to other people who need them. In this way, you did not only reduce your garbage bills, but help other people too.
- Consider composting. Build an organic garden in your home consisting of favorite fruits and vegetables. Instead of throwing out left-over foods or other food wastes, use them as fertilizers for your organic garden. It reduces waste and also promotes healthy diet out of the organic plants.
- Use trash compactors. Trash compactors reduce the volume of trash and avoid huge number of container pulls. When trash is compacted in a single container, you also save from tips that you give the trash collector.
- Use less of most things. Paperless system has been popular during these times where computers and the internet allow exchange of information without the use of too many papers. In using papers, waste reduction is more efficient than recycling it because oftentimes, people do not know how to recycle it. Use both sides of the paper when printing, drawing or copying to lessen usage by half. Other techniques in reducing use of paper include:
- Use the other side of papers in printing short-lived information such as drafts or meeting agendas.
- Illustrate how to use special papers in printing to avoid printing errors.
- Reuse old papers as notepads instead of buying.
- Consider a two-way envelope to minimize use of another one when resending any letters or documents.
- Use the size reduction in most copiers. Instead of copying two pages of a book with one paper each, reduce the size so you can only use one paper instead.
- Utilize emails to share documents and information. Use the bookmark option when searching online so you don’t have to print every web that you visit.
Using less paper not only reduce the cost of wastes, but also save the environment by avoiding over cutting of trees. In doing grocery shopping, bring a reusable shopping bag instead of getting another paper bag that you will eventually throw at home. A lot of department stores and super marts already use reusable bags.
- Avoid purchasing more items than you need. The tendency of bulk purchases is increasing wastes as a result of being rotten such as in purchasing of foods. Only buy what you need for a specific period.
- Use older items first than new ones. When old items are not used, they end up on the garbage bin because they cannot be used by then.
- Use reusable containers. These include containers for condiments, sports bottle and even plates, spoons and forks. Buying condiments in packets increase wastes from these materials. Buy condiments in bulk and refill container bottles. Reusable containers also include coasters (instead of cocktail napkins), nylon coffee filters (instead of paper filters) and others.
- Avoid using Styrofoam, use paper counterparts instead. Or better yet, use reusable dish wares. Styrofoam is often too bulky and use up most spaces in the trash bin.
Every person’s goal should not only include reducing the cost of Chemical Waste Disposal, but to protect the ecosystem too by reducing waste production.