Cities are Getting Greener
Municipal solid waste (MSW) is waste generated by households and non-hazardous commercial waste such as food, paper, textile, plastic, metal, garden waste, batteries, and electronic gadgets. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there was an increase of solid waste generated in the U.S. from 262.1 million tons in 2015 to 267.8 million tons in 2017.
Managing municipal waste continues to be a challenge for urban areas across the U.S. because many items that can be refurbished or given to others in need end up in landfills. Many gadgets with recyclable parts are packed into landfills as garbage while food waste rots away as well.
Proper waste management is essential for building sustainable cities. The World Bank estimates that managing solid waste is expensive for most cities, accounting for 20% to 50% of most municipal budgets. City waste management requires sustainable, efficient, and socially supported systems.
We are committed to solutions that have a positive environmental impact.
Economic Benefits of Sustainability in Waste Management
Waste management includes everything from collection, sorting, and transportation to final treatment and disposal. It also involves activities like recycling and recovery.
Adopting sustainable ideas for cities concerning waste management can deliver substantial economic benefits. Some of these include reducing water and air pollution, cutting fuel costs, reducing the amount of land used for landfills, achieving zero-waste initiatives, and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainable waste management can provide a source of energy and create renewable resources. It can also create new jobs, especially when new waste-to-energy plants are built. Moreover, sustainable management of waste can reduce the cost of healthcare and make delivering healthcare more sustainable by reducing pollution, providing better locally grown produce, and preventing a wide range of diseases.
When communities work together to reduce and manage waste efficiently, they reap multiple benefits, including improving the financial health of local government agencies along with the economic prosperity of residents and their businesses.
Residents and local businesses generate savings by reducing their expenses on energy, gas, water, electricity and waste disposal. Communities with well-organized waste management systems can attract domestic and international businesses and increase the migration of middle- and high-income earners.
What Municipality Waste Management Solutions Does BioHiTech Global Offer?
BioHiTech Global provides a proven and patented technology that helps municipalities and corporations achieve their zero-waste initiatives. Our food waste digester uses mechanical and biological technology to eliminate the need to take food waste to the landfill. This reduces the emission of methane at landfill sites.
MSW landfills are the third-highest producers of human-related methane emissions. Methane accounts for more environmental damage than carbon dioxide. It has 28 to 36 times more capacity to trap heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Landfills accounted for over 14% of the emission of methane in 2017, according to statistics provided by the EPA.
Our facility in Martinsburg, WV, known as Entsorga West Virginia, LLC, also deploys robust fuel production technology. This cost-effective solution handles all types of solid waste, extracting recyclable materials and turning the other parts into solid fuel pellets. These pellets are currently being used by Argos US, a cement manufacturing company, as a replacement for coal in their cement kiln.
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