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Municipal solid waste (MSW), commonly known as trash or garbage, consists of everyday discarded items, including food scraps, newspapers, product packaging, appliances, batteries, and more. Municipal solid waste comes from households and businesses and is collected by waste haulers across the country. Some of it is recycled or composted, but most of it ends up in landfills.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. generated 254 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2013 (before recycling), broken down into these categories:
- Paper (27%)
- Food (14.6%)
- Yard trimmings (13.5%)
- Plastics (12.8%)
- Metals (9.1%)
- Rubber, leather, and textiles (9%)
- Wood (6.2%)
- Glass (4.5%)
- Other (3.3%)
These numbers illustrate why it is so important to be strategic about solid waste management and recycling.
The EPA says that the best way to prevent waste from ending up in landfills is to reduce consumption, recycle, and compost. Doing these things pays off. In 2013, recycling and composting prevented more than 87 tons of municipal solid waste from ending up in landfills. This prevented the release of 186 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air that year—the equivalent of taking more than 39 million cars off the road.
Waste Management Strategies Help Businesses Slash Costs
Keeping recyclable waste out of landfills is a major challenge for municipalities across the country. Some cities do not adopt recycling programs or refuse to collect certain types of recyclable materials if the costs of recycling outweigh landfilling these items. This is bad news for the nation’s ever-shrinking landfills and bad news for the environment.
The expert municipal solid waste management consultants at Global Trash Solutions can help you find cost-effective solutions for managing municipal waste.
The name says it all. Cram-A-Lot self-contained trash compactors are built tough to handle large loads. They are ideal for restaurants, hotels, universities, hospitals, and other organizations that need a reliable, sanitary solution for managing garbage. The self-contained design has a built-in fluid collection chamber that prevents fluid leakage. This reduces odors and helps prevent rodent and insect infestations.
GTS offers self-contained compactors (1 yd and 2 yd packing chamber size) in a range of sizes, from 10 yards to 38 yards total.
Investing in a solid waste compactor for your business is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to get a handle on municipal solid waste. Contact us to learn more about our solid waste compactors. Our experienced consultants are standing by to help you choose the most trusted solution for your industry-specific application.
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Our waste reduction consultants are industry experts who have spent years studying the waste management market and its trends. We have a proven track record of helping businesses find solid waste solutions to reduce landfill waste and cut costs.
Ready for an obligation-free consultation and evaluation of your waste and recycling needs? Contact us and start saving today!