10 Benefits of Waste Segregation
Waste Management is at the core of our health, environment, livelihoods and even business! That’s why incorporating an efficient Environmental Management System, such as segregating waste, is important to ensure clean and healthy environments, to protect our health and our planet, as well as our pockets. Find out how and why, here:
1. Improves your health
Correct waste management decreases the exposure to toxins (as mentioned below) and so, decreases risk of heart disease, respiratory disease, asthma and emphysema.
2. Reduces toxins entering our atmosphere
Ecological contamination, through the extraction, production and incineration processes, as well as ozone-depleting substances like methane and carbon monoxide, is also reduced. Improving air and land quality and reducing the global carbon footprint.
3. Keeps environments clean and fresh
Segregating waste also lends itself to a more pleasant environment, cutting back on the potential for foul odours as mixed waste combines, degrades, gives off fumes and stagnates.
4. Minimises land occupation
By removing waste materials that cannot be degraded easily, up to 80% of waste is saved from going to landfill and will help to replenish the land affected.
5. Reduces costs
Waste segregation holds value, while contamination reduces value. Segregated waste costs less to process, whereas mixed recycling requires the cost of labour to sort it. For businesses, waste management cost is significantly lower for this reason. Additionally, the process of recycling is more efficient, meaning less expenditure needed for the making of a totally new product and thus is more affordable for everyone!
6. Turns waste into treasure
Preparing waste preserves valuable properties in materials that we can then reuse to make into another functional product. This way, a new product can be made without the extraction and production of raw material resources, reducing expenses to our pockets and the Earth). Essentially, rubbish creates great resources and profits! Here are some examples;
1500 tons of recycled waste paper can produce the equivalent of 1200 tons of paper produced by trees
One ton of glass can produce 2000 500g glass bottles, saving one ton of coal and 40% of energy
100 recycled beverage bottles can make 80 new bottles by the decontamination process
7. Generates and saves energy
Waste energy is a by-product of some waste incineration methods. Modern advances are developing to capture the energy produced in incineration to be put to further use and generate electricity. Ensuring nothing goes to waste and is put back into the cycle.
8. Provides as a new source of revenue
Some waste products can even be sold on to other businesses that reuse or recycle the materials
9. Increases work and business opportunities
The development of efficient and sustainable waste management is opening up new roles and business opportunities, with each stage needing labour, expertise, science and technology. Furthermore, many large companies and government organisations won't work with businesses that do not have an Environmental Management System in place.
10. Boosts morale and incorporates good practices
Morale can be boosted by being part of a responsible company or collective. Receiving the feel-good factor through sustainable actions and methods, providing a level of responsibility and empowerment.
With these small changes, we will have a big impact!
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