What are some ways we can decrease the use of landfills?



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    The most obvious method for decreasing the use of landfills would be recycling. Recycling helps reduce waste by keeping materials in circulation. As well as recycling products, it will be helpful to be mindful of also buying them. Buying products made from recycled materials helps keep the recycling business viable.

    Selling or freecycling old items you no longer need is helpful as it keeps items from needlessly filling landfill sites. I am enclosing a link regarding the simple benefits of recycling paper, as well as a link to the freecycle website. The latter is a grassroots movement for redistributing unwated items, often overlooked.

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    based on the calorificec value you need to segregate the waste in to two categories i) incinerable ii) landfillable based on the effective segregation you can reduce quantity of landfillable waste.

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    The best way to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills is to design more intelligently. There are three categories of materials: biological, technical, and undesirables. Biological materials are things that are biodegradable and should be recycled by the environment as nutrients for future resources. Technical materials are materials that should be recycled through industry and not the environment. Undesirable materials are materials that we have yet developed ways to dispose of without harming the environment and until we do we should not use them and phase them out of production. To design more intelligently we should not mix the technical materials with the biological materials because in doing so we make both types of nutrients unavailable for future use and that is why we end up with waste. In addition current recycling methods are only slowing the process of materials ending up in the landfill because we are downcycling materials. By downcycling I mean we currently do not recycle most products directing into what they were before (without requiring additives, more resources and producing more waste) because products are made of hybrid materials. For example, when you recycle a soda can it is not recycled into another soda can of the same high quality. This is because a soda can is made of different types of aluminum– the top and bottom is made of stronger higher quality aluminum than the sides which are lower quality. When the can is recycled it is recycled as a mix of the two qualities of aluminum plus the paint or label. This creates an entirely new material that is lower quality hence downcycling. We need to design materials with continuous nutrient use in mind by creating products that are made of biological nutrients or technical nutrients that can be easily accessed and separated during recycling.

    For more information read: Cradle to Cradle/ Remaking the way we make things by William McDonough & Michael Braungart

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    One very simple and also effective step is relabeling trash cans. The concept of “trash” is accepted in todays culture, and the word no longer carries all the weight which it implies. The way we think of trash today is an illusion: nothing we “throw away” goes away. In light of this fact a lot of places around the Seattle, where I live, have removed the word trash from trash cans and instead put “landfill.” Next to the landfill bin, there is a recycling bin and a compost bin. People throw much less away if they have to think about their garbage going to a landfill, and they are provided with alternatives. 

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