The removal and disposal of all types of waste is something that we need to be aware of if we are serious about getting the management of waste under control. It is something that every one of us can contribute to as we learn to control the amount of waste we generate in our everyday living. It is something that we all need to be aware of and actively engaged with if we are serious about saving our environment. Little Green Junk can help as when we remove any waste, we recycle where we can and only use the landfill as a last resort.
There is a great understanding of recycling our waste and what a positive effect it has on our environment. There are very few products that are not able to be recycled. Some products are easier to recycle, and products manufactured from recycled ingredients save tons of raw or virgin materials. There is money in rubbish as the saying goes which makes some products more popular and lucrative to recycle. There are also those products that are toxic to the environment, so it is critically important to recycle these.
This source is larger than any of the above and is growing by the year.
We waste at least one pound of food per person each day. Over a year that mounts up to many, many tons. To put a monetary value on this wastage, the average American family of four throws out $1,500 in wasted food annually. Food waste is the number one material in American landfills, it comprises 24 percent of the waste in our landfills. Number two is plastic waste.
As food decomposes in a landfill it emits methane, a greenhouse gas that is even more detrimental to the environment than carbon emissions are. So even though food is an organic product, when it rots it does much harm to the environment. Although much of this can be prevented by recycling organic matter and composting, the best way to curb these emissions is at source, and that is to waste less food. This is where we can all make a difference.
What is also worth mentioning is that it is not only the food that is being wasted, but also the energy and water that it took to grow, pick, package and ship this food. It is a waste of the fuel used to move the food from the field to the pack house, and then from there to markets all over the country.