Feb 12

How to Recycle

Waste management is very critical for protection of the environment. While in Britain I have seen the way waste is disposed, which is mostly in landfills. But it is not productive , proactive and potentially dangerous with methane gas build up. Sweden does it differently and the world can learn from Sweden, how to recycle waste and produce energy. Sweden does it so effectively that it has to import waste from other countries for its specialised Power plants.The most common types of waste as per the source are industrial waste, medical waste and household waste. Among the three household waste is very diverse. It contain plastics, food, garden waste, household dust and hair. Considerable care has to be taken to separate household waste and manage it.

Kinds of household waste

Household waste can be categorised into food and garden waste (Green code) which decomposes easily, mixed dry waste consisting of newspaper, food tin, aerosol canisters and aluminium foil (Blue code) and non-recyclable waste like porcelain, nappies, sanitary pads and ply packaging (Black code). Some of Green code waste can be put into compost pit and can be used as manure. Rest can be recycled after drying and can be used by power generation company after they have been compressed into blocks that can be burned. Blue code can be recycled as energy blocks for power generation and the metal based waste has to be separated and recycled. Black coded waste is the one which requires the most careful recycling. Buildor a Swedish company that deals in household equipments has taken the social responsibility of household waste management very seriously. They have a window of consultation on how to dispose of their product when they have reached their usage age.How to Recycle 2

Ways to manage different kind of waste

Food and garden waste decomposes naturally. Out of these food waste can be minimized by proper food management. The reductioncampaign for minimization of food waste is an endeavor for this purpose. Garden waste can be easily become manure for the plants in the compost pits. Mixed dry recycling is the way to manage blue coded waste. It contains plastic bottles which are separated and recycled and the metal based waste which has to be treated similarly. The paper waste here can also be minimised by minimizing the use of paper. The way to go is to try and print on both sides of the paper and only use paper when absolutely necessary. Trying to minimize use of paper napkins is another way to go green. Now what about the Black coded waste? It contains hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Waste like batteries and computer items have to be disposed with care. They contain metals and chemicals which are harmful for nature and require much effort and money in recycling. Specialised treatment plants have to take care of hazardous waste and dumping in open should not be done. Awareness programs about waste management can be a great help. Sweden is doing such a great job and the world should follow their lead.

Jan 17

Turning Rubbish into Energy – Using household waste

In Sweden it is a common practice to turn garbage into an energy source. Turning something that can’t be used into something to provide electricity is an amazing thing. This innovative way of creating energy is the way to go; getting rid of garbage, helping the environment and providing a much needed resource. It’s no secret that across the planet landfills are filling up with trash that will not break down, meaning it’s just going to sit there for years and pollute the planet. If there are ways to get rid of this problem and introduce green waste management systems then everyone should be working to try and fix it. No one wants the planet drowning in its own waste!

What does Renewable Waste Mean?

Household waste can be recycled to create energy and that includes food that isn’t wanted. Food that has been thrown out is collected to be converted into gas. It is composted down to biogas which is a technology that uses microbes to eat waste and produce methane. Since Sweden wants to replace fossil fuels with biogas by 2030 they have a huge state in this technology. Biogas is just one way to start breaking down garbage and turning it into energy, there are many types of composting, recycling, and repurposing that can be done with the trash produced in the average household. Sweden has put into place a waste management system that has allowed them to greatly decrease the amount of waste in landfills and across their country. A green waste management system allows trash to be collected from home and that which cannot be recycled into energy is incinerated. The steam from this burning process produces the energy needed to run nearby homes. Sweden is effectively giving people power by burning trash. That which they do not burn is recycled and repurposed so it doesn’t sit in a landfill and harm the environment. Sweden actually imports waste from other countries because they are doing such a good job getting rid of their own.Turning Rubbish into Energy - Using household waste 2

With over thirty-two plants turning trash into usable energy, Sweden is the leader in a zero waste management revolution. The people of Sweden help the process by separating their garbage. They separate plastic, metal, newspaper, batteries, and much more to be reused or turned into compost. It seems to be a conscious effort in Sweden for people to contribute to the reduction of waste in their country. Other countries could learn a lot about cutting back on their rubbish and finding ways to re-purpose and reuse it for good. Countries like America, for example, have over one hundred million tons of trash sitting in landfills. While there has been talk in the past about mandatory recycling, nothing has really been done to move in that direction. With that much trash just sitting around, other countries could take notes from Sweden and start creating some energy from all that garbage and actively participate in improving the environment.

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