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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Future of Waste Disposal

Every person in America produces more than half a ton of trash each year. More than half of this is food waste or other organic material that can be used as part of a composting program. There are several methods for dealing with organic waste in a sustainable manner. The first is by reducing the amount of waste produced by throwing away less food and related waste. Another is by composting what waste is thrown away. Much like municipal recycling programs, composting requires an initial investment, but once the program is in place it runs smoothly, needing only a regular supply of one of the most abundant resources there is: garbage.

Compostable garbage is divided almost equally into three general categories: food waste, yard clippings and soiled paper that cannot be recycled. While some amount of organic waste is inevitable, the environmental impact can be greatly reduced by composting garbage so that it can be reused. Composted material can be used as a low-cost fertilizer that helps food grow while minimizing the negative impact on the environment. Fresh compost provides a steady supply of oxygen to the soil systems that feed plants, allowing them to grow quicker, healthier and with fewer diseases.
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Like recycling, composting is truly the future of waste disposal and minimizing the trash footprint that is an inevitable part of living in the modern world.
The Impact Of Organic Waste

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Travel Quest said...

One thing I like about spring is the gardening, we've been wanted to start the compost pit for our vegetable garden this post is just so right I have learn a lot thank for sharing this sis.

kat b said...

I hate how wasteful some can be. I try to save what I can. I always recycle when I can. It's always been important to me to not be wasteful.

nova hedges said...

i love the infographics very precise and hope that it helps everyone to know something about learning how to prevent disposing improperly.

Jessica Cassidy said...

This is very informative Sis. We recycle as much as we do so to minimize the garbage.

Jonas Labagala said...

The organic waste is as useful as other recycable waste that we can use in the future. By using the organic waste, we've saved tons of other waste that will be useless.. Nice article! :D

MikiHope said...

I don't have anywhere I can compost or I certainly would! For those of you who have gardens and a back yard it will actually save you money on the long run--go for it!!

Lynndee said...

We have a community garden and we've been doing the compost for like four years now. But my husband has been recycling for years.

Roselynn Mercedes said...

We can be so wasteful in my household when it comes to food, it's easily something most of us take it for granted. We do however make a real effort to recycle all the time.

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this. I always thought that organic waste in a landfill wast just a big compost heap. I was so wrong!

Melissa Pezza said...

I wish I could compost. I don't have anywhere to do it, though. I'm not even sure if it's allowed where I live. =/

Jeanine said...

We have compost bins with the city, but I would love to do my own thing! Seems no one can ever remember to actually use the bin! Recycling isn't an issue, but the compost bin? Ugh.

Raijean of Swa-Rai.com said...

I must admit, I need to be more mindful of recycling. I haven't done the best job at it!

Liz Mays said...

This was really informative. My daughter does composting and I'd love to have her walk me through the process when she visits.

Travis N. Tucker said...

I'm not going to lie: We are too wasteful in our household. Thanks to all of this information, I'm going to think twice about just hauling all of our organic waste off to the nearest landfill.

Lisa B said...

We have a terrific compost program where i live. It has helped us cut back on our garbage a lot.

NutriFit Mama said...

It's crazy because where we live now it's so difficult to recycle. It's not even offered as a service where we live, and I don't even know where we would take everything, etc if we could. But NO ONE I know recycles here! Coming from Portland Oregon and California it blows my mind..

touristmeetstraveler said...

This is so amazing, I find it sad though that there are still people who have an option to recycle and just don't do it; it's disappointing.

Mistee Dawn said...

Wow. That is so much waste. We are always trying to make our carbon footprint smaller. But we definitely need to do more.

Fiona said...

I really want to get a compost bin. We have a lot of food and organic waste and it'd be great to get soil out of it.

Shaney Vijendranath said...

Interesting and informative post! We always try our best to cut back on the garbage and avoid wasting. We recycle every week and I'm so happy we doing it.

Michelle Varga said...

This was a very interesting post. We try to avoid waste as much as we can.

mail4rosey said...

I like how it's broken down and then how it shows you ways to help. Think of how much progress could be made if everyone would do their own little part.

Becka M said...

This is very interesting stuff and I am going to use it to show my kids that all the stuff I have been telling them is in fact true lol. I am always fussing about wasting food or the importance of reusing what we can or recycling what we can't. It would be a good thing to show them the numbers.

Amby Felix said...

I would LOVE to start a compost! We recycle every month but are always looking for newer ways to save the planet! ^_^

Donna L. Ward said...

Great infographic of important points and reminders - thank you and I so agree - where we live our entire little village is on septic tanks, so that helps big time.

Krystal Butherus said...

I am trying to recycle more items in my home. It is so important to not have SO much trash!

Ashleigh Walls said...

I'm going to start composting this year. There are so many things to help start so I don't see why not and it will help my garden.

Tiffany ~ Travel Blogger said...

We never think about how what we get rid of is affecting our Earth. This was the perfect Earth Day post!

Paula Schuck said...

I always think about how much waste my household produces but I'm definitely guilty of not doing much to stop it. Very helpful infographic, thanks for sharing!

Yona Williams said...

My father and I had a compost heap in the backyard – it made the richest soil I've ever seen. I loved seeing the transformation of grass clippings, newspaper and other things into something usable again. It was crazy to see the CO2 vapors rise from the pile on a hot day – I think it was CO2.

HilLesha O'Nan said...

How interesting and informative! It is a shame how so many millions are wasteful.

Camesha | Mama Motivator said...

Very informative. We're really big on recycle and reuse practices in our family!

The Mommy-Files said...

My sons' preschools had compost bins for the kids' leftovers and stuff. This is a great post! Thanks for sharing.

Jessica Simms said...

To actually see the amount of waste we generate per month is insane, to think we throw away that much food and how it accumulates on a global level is even more insane. I like the personal trash compactor idea since me and my family like to garden. We will definitely be putting this information to use thanks!

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