Better Waste Management in the United States

The United States has an unfortunate reputation for being one of the wasteful countries in the world. We cannot blame that on the population because there are countries with more or about the same population, but managing their wastes better. About 40% of food goes to waste in America. Need we say? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), America contributes a total municipal waste of 292.4 million tons per annum; 69 million get recycled, and 25 million get composted. The country is producing three times the world’s waste. Something has to be done about it. Knowing that packaging contributes to about half of the total waste generated, it is a good place to start addressing Sustainable packaging.

Sustainable packaging

It is time we talked about more environmentally friendly ways of packaging our goods. Using biodegradable substances would really help a lot. Having more recycling strategies and dirt collection centers would tremendously help, as well. The economic implication of these wastes is much on individuals, habitats, and the environment at large. Hence, there is no better time to go full throttle on sustainable packaging than now.

Organic Recycling:

Organic recycling refers to a collection and recycling strategy for organic substances that are plant-based or animal-based. While there are some organic recycling centers in different states across the US, we need more. We should be more proactive with organic waste management. Organic wastes, when recycled, reduce the volume of wastes ending up in landfills. They are turned into composting facilities and processed. These factories distribute them to farms where they would need them as organic manure to aid growth. It is an environmental and economic rescue.

Inorganic recycling:

You can recycle some other inorganic materials, too. This kind of recycling is more common where you drop those old radios, cassettes, cardboards, and papers, into recycling bins. From there, they are taken to factories or industries whose work is to sort and reprocess wastes. They sort these waste products into types and get to work on them immediately. These materials come out as the same or other products. For example, paper can be re-manufactured from paper pulp or a new product of molded paper pulp. Whatever the case is, it finds application again, reducing the amount of waste that could have got burnt up.

Sustainable packaging and organic and inorganic recycling are top ways to manage wastes better than constituting landfill dumps or burnt substances that poison the environment more.

David Curry

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