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How is My Waste Disposed Of?

Nov 11, 2019 | Waste Management

Every single day, nations across the globe struggle with the issue of waste and waste disposal. Each year, we produce large volumes of waste, all of which needs to be disposed of safely and efficiently. Many of us do not think about where our rubbish goes after we put it in the bin or recycling box – but getting clued up on how our waste is dealt with is key. Read on to learn about four methods of waste management.

Recycling

Recycling is the process of converting waste into new objects and materials. Paper, plastic, aluminium and glass are commonly recycled and converted into new products. Recycling has a host of benefits. Not only does this type of waste management reduce our energy usage and minimise the consumption of natural resources and raw materials, but it also helps to reduce greenhouse emissions too.

Landfill

One of the most common waste management methods around the world, landfill is the method of burying waste in the ground. Waste in landfills produces methane gases which contribute to air pollution, water pollution and contamination, and they also take up precious space on our planet, which is why alternative methods of waste disposal are becoming more common.

Incineration

Incineration is a method of waste disposal in which municipal solid wastes are burned at high temperatures to transform them into base components. Otherwise known as thermal treatment or combustion, incineration reduces the volume of solid waste by 20-30%, reducing the need for landfill.

Composting

Most commonly used for organic farming, composting is a natural bio-degradation process that turns organic waste, such as leftover food, into nutrient-rich plant food. This type of waste management occurs by allowing organic materials to sit in one area for months until decomposed by microbes.

Here at Brewster Bros, we collect and dispose of construction, demolition and excavation waste from Edinburgh, Lothians, Falkirk, Glasgow and the central belt of Scotland. We aim to recycle and recover all non-hazardous construction and demolition waste and have a zero residual waste to landfill policy. For more information, visit our website.

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