According to the USEPA, 35 million tons of food waste reach landfills and incinerators each year. Consequently, that’s only in the United States. This waste must be prevented and also used to feed people. As well as compost for reuse as fertilizer for future crops.
In conclusion, and JUST to REMIND everyone, food waste is thrown in landfills and rots. Then that stench when you open a full can? Well, that is a significant source of methane.
Did you know that methane is a serious greenhouse gas? All with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Again, let us not forget that landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the USA alone; this is more than 20 percent of all methane emissions.
Proper waste management plays a crucial role in global cleanliness. and collective health and safety of the population. Thereby offering so many benefits both to the environment and to the people.
Finally, the environmental benefits of proper waste management are listed. They include:
- Improving air and water quality
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution
- Decreasing the need to manufacture new materials
- Turning recyclable waste into useful substances such as compost and waste energy
- Conserving space in landfills and thereby diminishing the production of harmful substances;
- Conserving natural resources such as water, minerals, and timber
- Increasing safety in the workplace and community.
In addition, waste collection companies do their part to relocate waste to areas where it can be disposed of in a safe manner. In doing so, they help to prevent the depletion of our natural resources. Then all the while reducing issues resulting from waste streams. They also sort the waste into recyclable columns. These reduce the cost of production of many products. Products like paper, plastic, glass, etc. Finally, encouraging the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Finally and in conclusion, here is an infographic of how serious food waste and landfills are really in the USA.