Waste Not, Want Not: Mastering the Art of Household Waste Treatment

plastic waste on California Long Beach

For all the waste in the house, it is advisable to adopt the best attitude in environmental matters. Here is information to easily identify how to better sort them, in order to recycle waste in an eco-friendly responsible way and to reduce pollution.

Waste, household and similar, is of different natures and consists of different materials. But they are all residues of daily activity and intended to be thrown in the trash. They gather non-recyclable household waste, dry, so-called wet, organic or fermentable recyclable waste, glass, and bulky or hazardous waste.

Dry recyclable waste

Plastic waste

Plastic represents 11% of our trash in California. Its character, non-biodegradable, makes its recycling all the more important. It would be better to drastically reduce the use of it, even banish it.

Valuation: Even if this still remains quite partial and difficult, its development is continuous. Today it allows the creation, among other things, of flower trays, hats, scarves, or even opaque bottles and oil cans.

Sorting concerns water bottles, flasks or cans of household products. Polystyrene trays, plastic bags and films, oil bottles, yoghurt pots must be excluded.

Steel and aluminum

The recycling of steel and aluminum is all the more important as this waste is very voracious in energy. Today, all steel articles contain on average 60% recycled steel. These are the coins, the supermarket trolleys, tin cans, etc. All empty packaging, aluminum and steel, can be recycled;

Aerosols such as solvents or insecticides, spray paint, or very dirty steel packaging should not be thrown into the same bin.

Paper waste

Representing more or less 22% of our trash in 2012, paper cardboard is the first dry recyclable waste. Its treatment is easy, efficient and contributes to supplying papermakers with recycled fibres. Recovery: Whether it is recycled household packaging or packaging for food liquids, newspapers or other, their recycling allows the production of corrugated or flat cardboard, toilet paper or, again, wrapping paper, or cellulose wadding. Sorting concerns all newspapers, sheets of paper and clean boxes,

Paper handkerchiefs, paper towels, disposable plates and food papers, fax paper, stickers, window envelopes when they are not vegetable (often difficult to identify) should be avoided.

Organic recyclable waste

Completely biodegradable, organic waste concerns all peelings, leftovers, bread or garden waste. These green and fermentable waste can be deposited on the platforms forms of composting at the recycling center or recycling personally. Indeed, if you have a vermicomposter, they can be added regularly to obtain a very rich compost, useful for your various plantations.

Glass recycling

Glass is very easily recycled and already accounted for 13% of our trash in 2018. Sorting concerns all glasses (bottles, pots or jars) insofar as they have been rinsed before and must be placed in containers or glass collection bins.

On the other hand, glass recycling does not include culinary glass and tableware. Indeed their chemical composition does not allow them to be incorporated into cullet (crushed glass debris and cleaned) used in glass furnaces.

What to do with bulky or hazardous waste

Hazardous waste

The qualification of hazardous waste depends on the different legislations national and at the state of California level. It concerns flammable elements, explosives, irritants, harmful, toxic, carcinogenic, corrosive, infectious but also mutagens (trichloroethylene solvent), and requires specialized dumpster rentals.

Most of them are very polluting and a large part are poorly recycled. However, this does not mean throwing them down the sink, the toilet, the gutter or in his garden. The right attitude is to conduct these elements well locked up in the recycling center closest to you.

Among the very common uses of hazardous products, batteries are highly polluting elements that contain heavy metals and toxic. Don’t throw them in the trash. You have several solutions to get rid of it. The dump, a collection point in town hall or in a supermarket are the possibilities that are offered to you.

Bulky waste

All waste that does not fit in the bin or is too bulky is considered bulky items. Rubble, scrap metal, old bicycles, bedding, furniture but also small and large appliances, they may contain heavy metals such as lead or asbestos.

The eco-attitude is then to take them to the recycling center. You can also make an appointment with the Long Beach municipal services, which often have a bulky waste removal system!

The ideal solution: no or less waste

Today, Californian residents recycle better and better their waste but fail to reduce their number. Yet there are extremely simple solutions to reduce our environmental footprint.

While continuing the work of sorting, doing it correctly to avoid contaminating an entire batch of waste and causing a sorting process additionally, an eco-attitude could be:

  • favoring, for example, eco-refills for detergents or printer cartridges,
  • to opt for large format products with less packaging,
  • choose natural cleaning products and solid cosmetics to limit plastic packaging,
  • or by limiting the printing of various documents.

We are millions and this is our strength. So all the little gestures you can do in terms of consumption and recycling count!

There is a very wide range of advice on its site for reducing its waste. Throw away less, by limiting food waste, by buying well and by equipping yourself intelligently are also effective solutions.

This way, a very interesting study on the analysis of the value chain of recycling of plastic materials on the official website of Long Beach Dumpster Rentals HQ.

1.7 Million Children Die Each Year from Pollution

The World Health Organization estimates that 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die each year from environmental pollution.

The pollution of our planet does not only have an impact on the environment, it also obviously affects humans and especially children. This is what this recent statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) says, stressing that 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die each year from pollution.

There are many causes. The WHO estimates that 570,000 children die each year from infections linked to the respiratory system, which are directly linked to indoor and outdoor pollution, as well as passive smoking. 361,000 children die before the age of 5 due to illnesses linked to diarrhea, contracted due to poor access to clean water and, in fact, good hygiene. The remaining 600,000 deaths, detailed by WHO, include problems linked to water and air pollution, but also to diseases directly linked to the environment, such as malaria.

Between 11 and 14% of Children Have Asthma

Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, explains that a polluted environment is deadly, especially for young children. Their developing organs, immune systems, bodies and smaller airways make them much more vulnerable to pollution and polluted water. WHO also highlights the negative consequences of these problems, which have a real impact on the growth of children around the world.

In fact between 11% and 14% of children suffer from asthma, 44% of these cases are linked to pollution. Without forgetting the chemicals present in food, such as pesticides composed of fluoride, lead and mercury, and other toxic substances, like paints containing lead. The growing increase in electronic waste is also alarming WHO.

Invest in a Greener World

Maria Neira, director of the WHO Department of Public Health said that a polluted environment has a very negative impact on the health of our children. Investing in the elimination of environmental risks, by improving water quality or using less polluting fuels, will bring huge health benefits. The world needs better better waste management solutions in order to combat that rampant pollution problem.

The solutions presented by the organization aim to renew urban environments with the improvement of public structures such as hospitals and schools, the increase of green areas and public transport in cities, as well as the phase out of pesticides and chemicals in several household cleaning products.

Can algorithms help fight noise pollution

You will have to train them first.

Scientists want to reduce noise pollution by using algorithms. Through a network involving computers and citizens, they want to identify the sounds that accumulate in New York.

Air conditioning, car horn, street music, sirens: what if we taught computers to recognize the different sounds of noise pollution? This is the objective pursued by Sonyc in New York, a project carried out by a group of scientists.

Their work, presented in the journal Communications of the ACM in February 2019, is based on the use of sensors and a machine listening system. It consists of training algorithms to recognize the sounds of New York City in real time.

A Network of Acoustic Sensors

The tool must therefore be trained to describe precisely what is the origin of the noises that pollute the sound environment of New Yorkers. The sounds will be recorded by the acoustic sensors, which are manufactured using Raspberry Pi nanocomputers and microphones. Each unit costs around 80 dollars to produce.

The inventors of Sonyc also want citizens to participate in the process, by passing noise deemed undesirable to an application (which has not yet been developed). Its users will be able to view data annotated by other people. One of the objectives would also be to be able to alert the authorities through the app.

The result of all these observations could then be presented to the competent authorities, in order to better identify the urban areas subject to certain types of noise pollution, a road axis regularly congested, for example. For the time being, the creators of this system have yet to deploy and test it in real conditions. They hope the results will allow Sonyc to be used across the United States.

And humans are not the only ones to suffer from noise pollution: some animals must adapt as well to continue living in the city.