From decluttering a residence to cleaning out a construction site, bin rentals help you get rid of huge amounts of waste conveniently and keep the environment clean. Choosing the right trash removal company ensures that as little waste as possible ends up in the landfills, while most of it gets recycled or repurposed.
Proper waste management is important to ensure that trash from homes, businesses and industries will not harm the environment and ecosystems. The service offered by bin rental companies is beneficial to the environment in two major ways: trash removal and waste management.
Proper Trash Removal
The process of waste removal relocates trash to areas where it can be incinerated, dumpe or safely disposed of, away from populated and public areas. This not only allows you to enjoy good air quality, but also reduces the risk of pest infestation, exposure to biohazards and toxic emissions, and the risk to your overall health through water contamination.
Proper trash removal offers several benefits to the environment, including:
1. Preventing Toxic Emissions
For some people, it is easier to gather and burn all their waste rather than paying for garbage removal services. Although some factories incinerate trash to produce energy by using heat to produce steam that turns turbines, these systems are well controlled to minimize the amount of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other fumes escaping to the atmosphere.
Simply burning waste in your home or premises will cause all the ozone-depleting toxic fumes to escape into the air, which contributes to global warming. Burning plastic is particularly harmful because of the hazardous gases released, yet plastic is usually the most abundant type of waste. Proper waste disposal through rental bins helps reduce your carbon footprint.
2. Avoiding Water Pollution
Poorly disposed waste can also find its way to water catchment areas and contribute to water pollution. Many people, for instance, dispose unwanted items like old medicines and hazardous chemicals by flushing them down the toilet or simply pouring them down the drain. Unfortunately, this contaminated water can seep through the ground and make its way to community waterways.
Although many waste disposal companies don’t handle all types of waste, including hazardous waste, they can recommend more appropriate ways of getting rid of chemicals and toxic materials rather than pouring them down your drain and polluting the environment.
3. Controlling the Spread of Disease
Poor waste disposal can create breeding grounds for disease causing microorganisms, increasing the risk of water- and air-borne diseases.
Bacteria and disease-causing insects thrive in warm, moist and dark conditions, which can be easily created by empty plastic containers, soda cans, broken glass and other waste. Any people or animals coming in contact with the waste are at risk of getting serious disease and illness, from food poisoning and amoeba to insect bites and malaria.
Proper waste disposal through bin rental services not only protects the environment, but also keeps your family, neighbours and community safe and disease-free.
Bin rental companies don’t just remove waste and garbage. They segregate recyclable waste from the organic and non-recyclable waste, and distribute it to the appropriate collection points. This way, companies that collect organic waste can create compost for use in gardening, while other recycling companies can reprocess and/or recycle the waste they collect and use it to produce new products.
Here are some ways how proper waste management helps the environment:
1. Landfill Space Saving
Waste segregation is a vital function of garbage disposal companies, as it facilitates the process of turning waste into useful items. If not for this function, the waste would end up in landfills. The EPA claims that only 35% of waste is currently being recycled, yet it is possible to recycle as much as 70% of waste, especially for energy production. Any waste that does not go to landfills reduces the amount of carbon dioxide and methane emissions associated with landfill and transport.
In addition to saving landfill space and reducing emissions, waste segregation reduces waste management costs. Studies show that it costs about $30 to recycle one tonne of trash, $50 to send the same amount of trash to the landfill and $65-70 to incinerate it.
2. Facilitating the Recycling Process
Waste disposal companies help to facilitate this process by providing multiple rental bins for carrying different types of waste. Households, businesses and industries only need to dispose their waste in the right bin to reduce the incidents of recyclable waste going to the landfills. This is particularly important for managing electronic waste (e-waste), which can cause major environmental issues.
Information technology (IT) hardware such as computers, monitors, discs, flash drives, servers, and so on contain harmful substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium in significant amounts. Without special plans to get rid of e-waste, these substances can end up causing harm to the environment and affecting human health. Businesses disposing large amounts of e-waste can also find themselves with a public relations nightmare and legal problems if they don’t do it right.
3. Reduced consumption of natural resources
Waste that can be reused, recycled or repurposed essentially leads to the creation of new products without relying on fresh raw materials. This reduces the need to mine to extract new raw materials, which in turn minimizes disruption of the land and associated environmental repercussions, including energy wastage, harmful emissions from the vehicles and equipment, as well as soil erosion and pollution.
For instance, research shows that recycling one tonne of mixed paper can save the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline, 15 to 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and an estimated 6 month’s worth of electricity consumption in the average household in North America.
Similarly, a responsible e-waste handler can help businesses reduce its harmful impact on human and environmental health. To manufacture 3,000 computers for a large corporation with 10,000 employees, it would require 7 million litres of water, 1.3 million kilograms of fossil fuel and 74 tonnes of industrial chemicals.
Through reuse and refurbishment options for e-waste, as opposed to landfilling, such an organization can conserve the environment significantly, to the equivalent of 1.2 litres of water per employee per work day in one year; enough fuel to power 11 compact fluorescent light bulbs at each employee’s desk during work hours and work days for a whole year, and 8 pounds of industrial chemicals for each employee in the organization.
Bin rental services typically accept only certain types of waste, like green waste, construction waste, general waste, and so on, which makes it easier for clients and waste companies to dispose of the waste properly. By prohibiting the disposal of hazardous waste, such as aerosol cans, lead paints and materials containing asbestos, among others, bin rental services prevent these toxic substances from being deposited in landfills, which helps keep the environment safe.
If you need to move dangerous materials, your garbage disposal company can recommend a safe way to get rid of it, usually through a company that handles toxic materials.