Everything You Should Know About Solid Waste Management Services 🚮
Solid Waste Management Services 🚮: Lately, we have been discussing a lot pertaining to our various services for small and medium businesses. We have also discussed other topics such as waste management plans for residential services. Generally speaking, this is to ensure that both households and businesses alike – as well as other commercial services – know what to do and who to call for in case they need waste disposal and resource recovery services.
With this in mind for the next topic, we will discuss some important things about solid waste management services. Read on to learn more.
A bit about Waster
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What is solid waste management and what are Waster’ services with it?
Let us discuss the term “solid waste management”. But, before that, we should know what solid waste is first.
Basically, solid waste is any refuse deemed useless and unwanted. It is something discarded by society – meaning both households and businesses, among many others – and derived from all of their activities.
Examples of solid waste include any type of garbage, refuse, sludge from different treatment plants associated with water, and other discarded materials that include solid, liquid, semi-solid, or trapped gaseous material. Furthermore, they resulted from various industrial, commercial, mining, agricultural, and domestic operations.
Now that we have discussed solid waste, let us move on to the next topic: solid waste management.
Solid waste management basically means generation controlling, collecting, transporting, treating, and disposal of said solid waste, which consists of those mentioned above. Additionally, it also provides resource recovery solutions, such as recycling, to items or products that do not belong to the category of garbage.
Solid waste management services address the following:
- Public health
If solid waste management services are not properly implemented, they will cause a multitude of problems. In particular, improper solid waste management practices include events such as not properly segregating trash, no label to the bins, throwing the trash to the incorrect bins, not properly studying the trash bin’s component, and others.
The solid waste management bin services we provide to small and medium Aussie businesses include cardboard and paper recycling, commingled recycling, confidential paper destruction, general waste, medical service, organic waste service, sanitary bin service, and TerraCycle Zero Waste boxes.
To add, we also provide grease trap cleaning services – usually for cafes and restaurants.
Problems Caused By Improper Solid Waste Management
Improper waste management of solid waste can create a multitude of problems. These problems include:
1. Disease outbreaks
Open solid waste dumps are breeding grounds for flies. As a result of these “breeding grounds”, many, potential diseases can arise and infect people. Especially in the summer, they multiply at an absurd rate.
And, many of those – if not all – of the flies that breed harbour different kinds of diseases such as salmonellosis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and other potentially deadly diseases. If left unchecked, it could spread diseases to not just a few persons, but the whole community.
Additionally, mosquitoes can also be attracted to solid waste dumps and become a breeding ground for them. And, like the flies, they bring and spread diseases such as malaria and dengue.
2. Rodent infestations
Connected from the first problem, open solid waste dumps or drains can also become quite pleasing homes for vermins like rats or mice, especially if it has organic food waste present in the trash caused by improper solid waste management.
Additionally, they can also harbour and spread diseases, as well as damage electrical cables and other materials within the vicinity.
3. Ruined aesthetics
Discarded materials in collected solid waste can ruin the aesthetics of a certain place, most especially when dumped in an inappropriate place such as in the streets, for example.
Furthermore, this does not only pertain to the visual aspects. Naturally, collected garbage produces a pungent smell that no one would like. It can pollute the land, air, and sea if improperly managed.
4. Summarised inconvenience aside from the first three mentioned
To emphasise, municipal solid waste dumps can inconvenience – or I may even go as far as to say that harm – a lot of people and animals.
Aside from the aforementioned problems, improper solid waste management due to a number of reasons including lack of services can cause many inconveniences. First of all, open dumps and big-sized solid waste bins or containers can block roads if placed there, therefore inconvenience drivers and commuters alike if misplaced.
Additionally, collectors may be subjected to injuries such as getting a cut from sharp materials. And, the sharp may even have a chance of being contaminated.
It also invalidates the efforts of people and other entities in cleaning up the environment. Therefore, morale is down and all get discouraged.
Some guidelines on how to provide solid waste management services effectively
With proper solid waste management services, we can counter the aforementioned problems and help keep the environment and those around it healthy and safe.
Basically, according to the balance small business, there are 6 key elements of solid waste management that must be done with effectiveness and efficiency to avoid problems from arising.
These will support and strengthen your solid waste management services if done correctly. Here are the 6 elements:
- Waste generation – involves any activities that identify unusable trash for systematic disposal or thrown away
- Onsite handling, storage, and processing – activities relating to the point of waste generation; this makes it easier to collect waste.
- Waste collection – the most vital and crucial part of the waste management elements. This includes activities or strategies such as bin placements, waste collections from the bins and accumulating trash in the location where the collection vehicles are emptied.
- Transfer and transport – involves moving waste from the waste collection locations to the waste disposal site contained in waste transport vehicles.
- Processing and recovery – this is to ensure the recovery of recyclable and reusable materials.
- Disposal – as for the non-reusable and non-recyclable materials, they are sent to either landfills or WtE (waste-to-energy) facilities.
Solid waste management treatment: a facility to transform Aussie waste services
In a lot of blogs, we have seen two trends. We have looked at the issues affecting the Australian and global recycling and solid waste management treatment sector and argued for new facilities, increased investment and alternatives to plastic.
In some ways, it can seem a bit depressing when you consider the scale of the problem, especially with plastic pollution.
Due to the ongoing recycling crisis, where China is putting in place very stringent controls over what recycling will be accepted for processing, we have even seen entire council areas put an end to commingled (yellow bin) recycling. This has, of course, meant that more and more recyclable commodities like plastic have been going to landfill (solid waste management treatment) and they live forever in that scenario.
Now, we have a piece of good news to report on about innovations in advanced waste treatment methods and the building of a state of the art new solid waste management treatment facility in NSW. Good news for once!
New solid waste treatment technologies
We covered in recent blogs on topics (such as nappy waste collection) how industrial solid waste treatment processes are already up and running overseas but not in Australia. This means lots of waste goes to landfill that does not need to.
We also covered how some red bins (e.g., general waste bins) can almost completely be recycled.
As such, we report on new waste treatment methods that will be available in Nowra with a new solid waste treatment plant, on the NSW south coast.
The ABC reports that Polish company Bioelektra is investing in a new plant – first outside Poland – in Shoalhaven.
“Residents will put their normal rubbish in the red-lidded bin, as they do now, and have it collected as usual. Contents will then be taken to the new facility for sterilisation, drying, and separation into various groups of recyclable materials.
“Plastic, glass, metals and organics will all be separated and put back into construction aggregate, bricks and glass wool. Sterilised organic matter will be used for bricks, render, and has the potential to be used as fuel for energy recovery.”
The facility is forecasted to divert around 90 per cent of general waste from landfill. And, the waste disposed of in landfill will be sterilised so harmful environmental impacts will be minimised.
The facility will also have the ability to take waste from other regions. That is because it can process more than that of the total waste currently produced.
“Bioelektra said the facility in the Shoalhaven could also accommodate much of the waste from neighbouring areas, with the capacity to process around 150,000 tonnes of waste a year.
“The Shoalhaven only produces 55,000t annually.”
The advanced waste treatment facility’s interior has just one “dirty area” before the waste is put into vats for drying and chemical treatment.
Solid waste management Services: conclusion
To ensure the proper execution of solid waste management services, those involved must realise its importance and do their part to adhere to the mentioned 6 elements. Additionally, they must coordinate with all businesses and households.
Failure to do so will result in environmental, health, and safety problems difficult to regulate. “Prevention is better than cure,” as they say.
As for the new plant, it is certainly good news. And, it is great to see new solutions for solid waste management in Australia.
We always argue for increased investment in solid waste treatment methods.
In many cases, solid waste management treatment options are already proven overseas. We just need to build them here!
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