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As waste levels everywhere are on the increase, creative people are finding better ways to do something with waste rather than to see it just go to the landfill. This helps to lessen the effect that waste has on the environment.
While we are made aware of doing something about our own waste practices at home, like recycling or using reusable bags for shopping, it seems that this isn’t really making a big inroad on the reduction of waste.
Again, it is difficult to get consumers to change their habits and asking them to reduce their use of plastic has little effect. As the UK approaches the mammoth figure of 250 million tons of waste a year, any effort to do good things with waste is applauded.
At Junk Removal Wirral we play an important role in rubbish collection and disposal. As a licensed waste management company, we are looking for ways to do good things with waste rather than having junk end up in landfills.
We looked at some of those ways so that we can recognize what is being done in this field.
Using Nature to Counter Excess Waste
Have you ever thought it possible for nature itself to be able to counter the threat that plastic poses on the environment?
The use of bioremediation, namely using bacteria, to feed on sludge and oil is well known. It is an eco-friendly technique that has favour around the globe and is often preferred to the use of chemicals to do a similar job.
The good news now is that the rising tide of plastic waste is about to be tackled by bacteria, according to recent work done by scientists at the University of Manchester. Their trials have shown that by re-engineering certain key enzymes and microbes, they have found a way for bacteria to feed on and degrade plastic waste.
These findings are good news for the environment and potentially bad news for plastics. It is hoped that this project can be rolled out on a commercial basis someday.
Radioactive waste for nuclear activities has left soil and water contaminated in many areas. Even if the waste is stored underground, leaks and incorrect disposal are rendering vast areas inhabitable. The dangers of this radioactive waste will be around for years to come.
Even the process of cleaning up this radioactive waste is very dangerous to the health of people entrusted to do so. Scientists have discovered that there are certain yeast strains that are resistance to these harmful substances.
They discovered a way to use these fungi to help convert these areas into less dangerous conditions. The fungi don’t actually digest the radioactive substances, but they act as a kind of skin or film around them. This in effect seals them and encapsulates the extremely toxic substances inside the seal.
This is good news, as previously it was thought that these polluted areas could not be remedied.
The thought of creepy crawly larvae making their home in your organic home waste, or your compost heap is not great. But these little creatures are experts at doing a good job of converting this kind of waste into something useful. In particular the black fly larvae are prolific eaters and can consume high amounts of waste in any given period.
When rotting food is dumped in landfills it is a big contributor to greenhouse emissions, so any natural solution that avoids this is laudable. We also know that many tons of unused food will end up in the rubbish disposal system annually, and this is one natural solution to the problem.
New innovations continue to appear that are designed to convert waste into something useful. Plastic, being public enemy number one, is finding its way into useful alternatives to wood as seen in the outdoor furniture designs and durable playpark accessories and benches.
We are seeing more recycled plastic being used in road usage, and trials have shown that it can also be used successfully on road surfaces too.
Eco friendly methods of converting waste to energy not only make use of excess waste, but also help take pressure of the national grid. While on the subject of energy, the introduction of smart meters has helped households and businesses understand their energy uses and, in most cases, helps users save up to 15% on their energy bills.
These are just a few examples of ideas that help with waste reduction.
How Can You Help?
By thinking of your daily waste generation, a state of awareness is created, and you begin to think more about your actions. This is a positive thing to do and will help you find your own solution to making waste work for you.
Don’t let waste get on top of you. By thinking of waste as a useful asset, you can make it work for you in a positive way. Give it a try!
When you Need Waste Collection
Working with a professional licensed waste collection company in Wirral will also give you the peace of mind that waste disposal is being done responsibly. Junk Removal Wirral provides this important service in your area and enjoys a very good reputation. We can provide you with waste collection services when you need them.
There is no waiting for a particular day to collect, we can do it at a time and date that suits you. This will help you with your ideas for waste management at home or in your business activities. Don’t let waste accumulate and spoil our environment.
Think about ways to make waste work for you. If you have any ideas you would like to discuss with an experienced waste company in your area, don’t hesitate to call us. We will be more than happy to advise.
Call us on the following number: 0151 808 0407.
We look forward to hearing from you. Alternately you can send us your ideas on email: firstname.lastname@example.org