Almost all parts of the world are facing a massive problem regarding the accumulation and disposal of waste materials. According to environmentalists, the earth is nearing destruction due to waste. Lack of knowledge about waste management and how to get rid of junk and debris properly aggravate the situation.
Governments try to do everything they can to help citizens manage the waste problem; however, citizens have to cooperate to make sure that waste disposal works. Perhaps knowing where waste materials go and what is done with them would open people’s eyes to the importance of waste disposal, the proper ways to keep homes and buildings clean and junk-free, and what people can do to keep things organized, and minimize, if not eliminate, the production of junk and waste.
Material recovery facilities
Since vast tracts of vacant lots are now limited, providing sanitary landfills and dumpsites are no longer feasible for many areas. Also, the dumping of tremendous volumes of waste has destructive effects on the environment. These problems have a positive solution – a material recovery facility or MRF. An MRF is a specialized plant that receives and segregates the recyclable junk collected from residential and commercial sources. These materials are then shredded, compacted, or crushed depending on their classification and preference of end-user manufacturers. Since the introduction of modern MRFs in the 1970s, they have become the most efficient means of handling solid waste until now.
Plants, where recyclable wastes are appropriately handled, are called recycling stations. The process of converting waste materials into new items has been an effective strategy to curb the problem of continuous junk generation. Materials such as paper, metal, wood, glass, clothing, textile, and the most common – plastics, to name a few, are transformed into different useful materials to reduce the production of raw materials, thus minimizing the use of energy. This greener method enables the earth to rest from the excessive use of its natural resources.
Dry and recyclable wastes are not only the ones that should be systematically handled. Organic solid scraps, or biodegradables, are also turned into utilitarian materials through composting centers. Yard, kitchen, and other organic wastes are collected and stored and later processed into compost. The end-product of these organic wastes serves as plant fertilizer. A composting facility is a better alternative in the controlled processing of volumes of organic wastes that were previously dumped, buried, or burned.
The household and commercial junk that is still usable or consumable does not go to dumpsites or MRFs. Instead, it is sent to charitable institutions to augment their limited resources. In short, it is provided for free and for a worthwhile cause rather than merely thrown away.
Knowing where all the junk goes also serves as a reminder of how vital the role waste collectors and a New York junk removal company play in the proper disposal of trash, waste, and junk, and in helping people and their homes remain junk-free and sanitary.