Carbon footprint waste management: many industries and consumer goods sectors are seeing increased drive towards the goal of carbon neutral services or at least offsetting the carbon and green house gas impact of commercial activities.

 

We are getting used to seeing ads on websites such as airlines when we book our flight tickets or even hotel bookings. The growth in the sector is even leading to concepts such as carbon neutral hotel stays.

 

In today’s blog – we will discuss an option we have that lets customers minimise carbon footprint waste management impacts by planting trees in Australia.

 

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Carbon Footprint Waste Management: Can Waste Management Reduce Carbon Footprint

 

Carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from landfills are a serious concern in Australia and globally.  As per Wikipedia:

 

“Landfill gas is a complex mix of different gases created by the action of microorganisms within a landfill. Landfill gas is approximately forty to sixty percent methane, with the remainder being mostly carbon dioxide. Trace amounts of other volatile organic compounds comprise the remainder (<1%). These trace gases include a large array of species, mainly simple hydrocarbons.”

 

can waste management reduce carbon footprint

 

The gas is basically produced by the decomposition of organic compounds in the landfill. Landfills are a large source of human made methane emissions – i.e. the third largest in the US for example. Numerous more recent landfills have introduced gas capture technology to utilise this gas to power electricity generation.

 

In this regard in Australia-examples include the SITA Smartcells – this facility claims “The site provides green energy to over 2,000 homes across the City of Casey. This energy is produced from biogas captured onsite, converted into electricity and then fed back into the powergrid, providing significant environmental benefits including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and less reliance on fossil fuels for power generation.”

 

Waster is seeking to do its part by promoting recycling wherever possible – see our blogs on food waste disposal and recycle bottle and cans. We have also teamed with Greenfleet to plant native Australian trees – and will match customer donations in this regard (up to $10 per customer).

 

For trends in data and environmental analysis – see our blog on rubbish bins Sydney.

 

How can recycling help reduce carbon dioxide emissions?

 

The information on how much C02 and other greenhouse gases can be saved by recycling is trick – for numerous reasons.

 

It is hard to estimate how much C02 is produced in the manifacturing or recycling process. When waste is disposed off in landfill – it breaks down and releases mostly methane – which is believed to be a more potent green house gas than Carbon Dioxide.

 

However – many modern landfills burn this gas to produce energy – a process that is growing all the time through usage of Biogas. Some people even argue that landfills could be the power stations of the near future – powering our cities on rotting food.

 

How can recycling help reduce Carbon dioxide – for certain items – recycling certainly reduces emissions. Indianrecycling.org reports that:

 

“Recycling one aluminum can, for example, saves over 95% of the energy that would be required to produce a can from all new materials.”

 

“Recycling paper allows more trees to remain standing, where by simply growing larger they actively work to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and “sequester” – or capture – it in their wood.”

 

“This natural process called “carbon sequestration” cleans GHG emissions from the atmosphere and helps combat global climate change. Together with energy savings, this benefit can add up! By recycling its office paper for one year, a business with 7,000 employees reduces its GHG emissions by 570 metric tons of CO2e. This is like taking 370 cars off the road for an entire year!”

 

Check out a recycling carbon footprint calculator here – telling you how many trees you would need to plant to offset the emissions on your waste bins and have a zero recycling carbon footprint.