This Earth Day it’s more important than ever to think about the dangerous effects of the waste in our landfills. There is a record level of trash being generated in the world. And did you know that over 36% of landfill material is paper? It’s a pity because most paper is completely recyclable.
The State of Our Landfills
The United States is the worst when it comes to waste. America is the leading nation for producing trash in the entire world. Each year, the average American produces about 1,609 pounds of trash. One landfill in the midwest has become a mountain of trash that towers 1045 feet above sea level. Luckily, there’s a lot that can be done about the problem of waste. Earth Day is the perfect time to review the best ways to recycle.
E-waste has become a huge issue since the age of personal electronics. Some states have taken steps to reduce e-waste with legislation. In fact, in some states, such as New Jersey and Illinois, it is illegal to toss old electronics in the trash. The reason for this is that many electronic devices, such as laptops, video game consoles and mobile phones, have hazardous materials inside of them, like leaded glass and mercury.
STS Electronics Recycling is one example of a company that recycles electronics for companies. They service areas in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. They offer full service for their customers, including GPS tracking, secure transportation for electronics that contain sensitive data, and secure, monitored recycling. In addition, all of the electronics that are handed over to STS Electronics Recycling are recorded and verified, as well as the actual disposal of those electronics.
Recycling Paper Waste
Paper waste recycling is available through Tristar Document Shredding and some other companies. Tristar offers services for residential community and commercial customers who need to get rid of paper waste. Tristar Document Shredding even offers a mobile shredding unit that arrives at the residence or place of business as well as walk-in, on-site shredding services. They can come once or repeatedly, as necessity dictates. All paper shredded with Tristar is dutifully recycled.
Finally, the first important step in battling the overwhelming waste problem is utilize the power of consumer spending. Things like product packaging are a huge problem in terms of waste. When you shop, consider buying in bulk to eliminate waste. Bring your own shopping bags to the store to reduce the use of paper and plastic bags.
Every small change can make a big impact on the war against waste. By using companies that recycle paper and e-waste, and by choosing to buy products without packaging, everyone can help to improve this growing problem.