How much do you know about your personal waste stream? Most people don’t give it a second thought once the garbage truck has stopped by. The truth is that even if your waste stream is “out of sight out of mind”, it’s very much a part of someone else’s life. Some of your trash you see doesn’t just go away. The term waste stream is a catch phrase used to describe the active movement of organic and non organic materials by the solid waste industry. The rather benign definition makes it sound like a Sunday at the park when in reality it’s big business with environmental consequences that killing of whole ecosystems in our world.
The first step to taking responsibility of your stream is to understand it’s components. Let’s begin in the most simple of ways. Do you have a toilet? You’re already a step ahead of some people in our world. What we’re alluding to is of course your personal organic waste, is it going to a treatment plant? Or maybe you have a private system, is it in top working order? Here’s a sobering thought, the capital city of our province, Winnipeg, still flushes sewage directly into our river systems every time the rains are heavy and overwhelm our antiquated duel storm drain/sewage system. The city is slowly replacing these sewers you can learn more here. it’s a reminder of how large a problem such a personal waste stream can become.
Let’s look at the other components of your household waste. We really hope you recycle; paper products, glass and aluminum cans are rock solid for redo. Easily recycled these materials are rebuilt for practical use close to home. Plastic…. not so much. Most so called recyclable plastics are recycled one time and it happens off the continent. Massive shipments of used plastics are sent overseas burning carbon all the way to factories in developing countries. To take responsibility of the plastic in your stream all we can do is reduce the amount as much as you can. Make intelligent purchasing decisions to avoid plastic packaging.
Moving into the world of organic waste, what are you sending to the landfill and does it really need to go there? We’ve posted in depth about the difference in aerobic and anaerobic decomposition, know the score. Composting is the way to go with this stuff, it’s easy too. Keep in mind that since the beginning people have always had a dump, archaeologists rely on them to learn hidden truths about what our ancestors were up to and it wasn’t plastic pop bottles. Your composting endeavor can be really basic, like a simple compost heap in the corner of your yard, given enough time your organic waste will turn into soil. Taking the step to a more efficient and controlled compost comes naturally, then when your ready to take full control and responsibility for your organic waste stream you can make the move to vermicomposting all year long.
Give your waste stream some thought we’re happy to help.