Do you know it takes plastic at least 1,000 years to start decomposing in a landfill? Consider that 2.5 million plastic water bottles get tossed in the trash every single hour, and it quickly becomes clear that we have a plastic waste removal problem. If you are trying to reduce plastic waste in your office, then here are some quick tips to help you get started.
Refuse and Recycling Blog
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2010 more that two-thirds of the total municipal waste generated in the U.S. was organic material such as food scraps, wood and plant materials. As the price of waste disposal continues to increase along with public pressure to eliminate landfills and garbage incinerators, recycling organic waste is good for business.
Plastics are cost-effective, convenient, lightweight and relatively unbreakable, and they are used to manufacture many common products these days, from disposable and reusable food containers to toys. However, all plastics are not equal, and there are health and environmental concerns related to the widespread use of them. Environmental problems include the facts that the majority of plastics are made from petroleum, a predominantly imported and non-renewable resource and that plastic packaging creates significant waste, which is bulky and takes up a large volume of the space at landfill sites. Health issues are related to its use in food storage and cooking, when chemicals can leach into foods and drinks, and to plastics manufacturing and incineration which creates pollution and exposes employees of these facilities to toxic chemicals.