Waste and Global Warming
The amount of greenhouse gases released by a certain product depends on that products life cycle. For example, all manufactured products, from plastic cups to automobiles, require energy to produce. This energy is drawn from fossil fuel, which produces greenhouse gases, which causes global warming. Even the one time use of these products contributes to carbon emissions. The higher the demand for those products, the more energy it requires for them to be produced.
Waste Disposal and Global Warming
The more waste we generate, the more waste we need to dispose of obviously, or at least I would hope. Some methods of waste disposal consume fossil fuel and produce greenhouse gases. For example, wastes that are dumped in landfills release pollutants and known greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. Incinerating waste also consumes energy, how else are we going to create and fuel those fires. Incineration is the second most used method in disposing waste worldwide. If the method is not very efficient, pollutants from burning mix with the air and can contribute to global warming and who knows what else. Modern incinerating facilities, however, are more sophisticated that they lessen the consumption of fossil fuel to run the incinerating machines and reduce the amounts of pollutants the process produces.
Addressing Waste Issue
Consuming less has always been the best way to reduce carbon emission and be more ecofriendly. Reduction of demand for different products eases the burden to our planets resources and health, as less production means less greenhouse gases emission and less waste to manage. Promoting this efficient use of everything can help solve our waste problem.
Most wastes can be avoided. This is because a large portion of waste we consume are disposable items, mainly plastic water bottles, plastic bags, food containers, and tin cans. The issue whether or not we should still use these disposables has been debated, but we can now see initiatives to reduce the use of such products and go back to using reusable items. We too can help. By simple bringing our reusable water bottles to work or wherever we go, we can help reduce the demand for plastic water bottles, at least one bottle a day. You might think my one bottle a day may not matter very much, but how ab out if a million co-workers across the nation did the same? That’s a million bottles a day now, now that is a difference I’m sure we’d all be proud of! We have to keep in mind the larger picture here to keep this in a proper perspective.
By now, just about every suburban community has a place for their refuse and recycling. All you need to do is to drive down to your recycling plant and leave it there so that recycling plants can take over (or have it collected for you, if the service is available). There, you may find some neatly arranged areas for your yard-trimmings, your plastics, glass products, old cardboard, newspapers or other papers, your old tires, oils, toxics, etc so you need to learn how to segregate first. This is actually quite easy to do. You just have to keep different items separated and you are good to go. The best thing about waste segregation is that all recyclables can be used to manufacture new products, which help reduce the demand for harnessing natural resources, but also requires energy to recycle. So this is why efficiency in everything we use and do can play a major part in how we are going to combat global warming.
Reduce, reuse, recycle… these are just what we have to remember when you seriously want to help in helping our environment and help to reduce global warming. As individuals, we can do something about this pressing issue, and the more individuals whom are doing this, the more we are working together. It may not seem like it at the time, but if we all follow these simple guidelines, it WILL make a difference! We are working as individuals, but in reality, we are all working together as a team, only in our own little offices so to speak. United we stand, divided and wasteful we fall.
We hope that how to address the issues of global warming with waste management gives you a better idea of how we can help every day and help reduce demand!