To me, I think people who don’t think it’s a big deal to toss a plastic bottle in the garbage are not only being irresponsible, but I think they’re being disrespectful of all the other humans on earth. (Sophia Bush)
Waste management is one of the main concerns of different communities and municipalities worldwide. Even though the word is being spread for waste management; there are people who have not started to make an effort as yet. This is actually bringing down the overall recyclable rate in the world, which is definitely an alarming fact for everyone. Moreover, the number of recycle centers in the world is quite low compared to the amount of accumulated trash in the world.
Have you ever thought which place accumulates the most trash in your city or neighborhood? It is surely not your house or someone else’s, but it is the offices surrounding your area.
Having said that, nowadays, different offices have started various types of waste management programs that help them analyze and reduce the amount of trash generated in their premises. However, only about 20% of this accumulated trash gets recycled. The rest goes down at different landfills.
As you follow the journey of these materials lying at different landfills, you would realize how these materials can easily reach your food chain. Confused? Well, in that case, the following details should clear your mind.
Electronic waste: One of the biggest generators of electronic waste is different corporate organizations and offices situated all around the world. Imagine an office of around 50 members, with each one having their personal computers. Apart from this, to print different materials, there would be around 1-2 printers with 7-8 cartridges in it. Now, suddenly you decide to revamp your office, and proceed to order new computers, monitors, cartridges, and printers. What happens to the stuff that was being used previously? Either it is sent to a recycling center or dumped in the nearby landfill. After it reaches the landfill, it keeps on moving towards the nearest river or sea (due to space constraint). Once, it is dropped in the river or sea, it slowly starts corroding due to the flow of water. Different contaminates get mixed with the water that houses different types of species like fishes and turtles. Eventually, people catching fish in this region will catch those fish also, which have been eating, breathing, and living in the same contaminated water. So, finally the office waste reaches your food chain.
Paper: Now, let’s look at the trash journey of the most popular office waste – paper. After you revamp your office, new members are added, with the strength increasing to 70 people. With different departments being formed, paperwork seems to be one of the most important tasks right now. If 70 people print around 5 pages a day, it will accumulate to 350 pages of information on a daily basis. Let’s have a look at a weekly statistics. If you multiply 350 pages with 5 days a week, then the total accumulation comes to 1,750 pages. Let’s suppose that you are only using 750 pages from this lot. What happens to the rest of the paper? It either gets discarded in the trash can or recycle bin. If it goes to the recycle bin, then obviously you do not need to think about it. However, what if it lands at the nearest landfill? The cycle again begins with it getting submerged in the nearby sea, ocean or river. But here when fish try and eat paper, it gets stuck in their digestive system, which eventually kills them. The decomposed paper waste can, however, be digested by the fish. Therefore, once again, office waste becomes a part of your food chain.
Therefore, offices need to be associated with various types of recycle centers, which can actually help them manage their trash in a proper manner. Apart from this, efforts can be made by different offices to reduce the waste material being accumulated on their premises.
Compactor Management Company (former Northern California Compactors, Inc.) offers installation and support services for waste recycling equipment such as trash compactors, balers, shredders & conveyor systems. Established in 1981, it offers waste management solutions across the United States.