Here is the 2nd post of the series of articles devoted the great initiative ‘365 Ways to Save the Earth’ that was initiated by folks at Dumpster Rentals Cooperative (read the previous post in our Dumpster Rentals Blog ). The goal of the movement is to raise awareness of environmental problems and share with the community of North America consumers some simple advice and tips on what each of us and all of us can do to keep our planet cleaner, protecting it from pollutants. By following these simple, easy-to-do recommendations each of us can contribute to saving not-renewable resources and protecting wildlife.
Below are some suggestions on how we can keep our planet cleaner:
Christmas is coming soon. Recycle your Christmas tree.
As soon as Christmas is over, countless Christmas trees are dumped on sidewalks, to be picked up with the household waste by Municipal Waste Management companies and burned in incinerators. This process, which is costly for the community, involves the waste of a raw material that could benefit the soil. Some towns collect the trees for composting. In Georgia, more than 135 communities and organizations sponsored a Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree composting event. Over the last 15 years, the program has recycled almost 4 million trees.
If your local authority does not collect Christmas trees, ask if it can arrange to do so. If you are in Georgia you can get more information from a local private waste hauling services companies, for example, Dumpster Rentals in Atlanta , GA or Dumpster Rentals in Augusta , GA. Also, consider alternatives, like a potted Christmas tree that can later be planted in the garden.
Save non-renewable recourses. Lobby for the right for access to renewable electricity.
In some States and Provinces it is possible to sign onto renewable energy choices through your electricity provider. Other states do not provide this option. Renewable energy has far less negative impact on the environment than fossil fuels and nuclear power. If you are able to invest in renewable energy usually it is not delivered to your location, but rather is supplied elsewhere on the grid, your contribution goes to “displacing” the use of non-renewable power elsewhere.
Find out how you can buy green electricity. If you do not have access to it through your utility, press your local officials to make it an option. Everyone should have the right to invest in renewable energy.
Support the requirements of the Basel Convention.
The Basel Convention standard, which came into effect in 1992, provides an effective legal framework for controlling and reducing cross-border movements of dangerous waste. It was drawn up by 152 states and, in 2002, led to the issuing of a list of 12 chemical products declared to be persistent organic pollutants (POPs), whose manufacture and use are now prohibited. Among wood treatment, the most toxic, such as arsenic, are now banned, but those that have replaced them are not without dangers of their own.
The United States is the only developed country in the world that fails to control or prohibit toxic waste trade, and has not ratified the Basel Convention. Learn about the hazardous waste trade and what you can do to prevent it.
Use reusable shopping bags.
Each year, the United States uses 30 billion plastic shopping bags, which require 12 million barrels of oil for their manufacture. If dropped in mature, a plastic bag will last for 200 years. If incinerated, they produce pollutants. In the sea, they prove fatal for crustaceans, which swallow them, mistaking them for jellyfish. And they are not biodegradable in the ocean. A single square mile of ocean may be contaminated as many as 46,000 pieces of plastic.
Bring reusable bags when you visit the supermarket, and rediscover your trusty old shopping bags, baskets, and boxes. Keep bags on a hook by the front door so you can grab them on your way out to the store.
Find out what happens to your waste-water.
Water is the source of all life. We depend upon it completely. It is also the chief constituent of all living things: 65% our bodies and 75% of our brains are water. It plays a crucial part in the economy, and allows the irrigation of cultivated land, the manufacture of industrial products, and the production of electricity. It provides superb leisure facilities. It is irreplaceable, and also guarantees hygiene, and the comfort of our day-to-day lives.
Once it is dirty, water vanishes down the drain. Where does it go? Find out where your wastewater goes, how your local treatment plant works, and what happens to the sediment it produces. Let your vision of water see beyond the drain’s vanishing act.
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and many other Dumpster Rentals & Roll Off Container Service companies for their great help in promoting this environment protection movement.