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Is Zero Waste-to-Landfill Still Achievable?

Different communities around the world have their unique description of zero waste and what that means to them. They also have defined the procedures that would help them attain zero-waste-to-landfill. Could this varying definition among communities and nations have divided the priorities of the “No Waste” policy?

Irrespective, though, if all major contributors of landfill waste and effluents collaborated in this, zero waste would not be, as it seems, an overambitious plan. Some of these industries, which have a significant influence on waste management, include the:

Healthcare industry

You need a more modern waste management system to handle and recycle healthcare products and medical equipment. In this case, medical waste autoclaves are the most appropriate waste management equipment. The heat from pressurized steam is best for sterilizing laboratory equipment by killing bacteria and rapturing spike proteins.

No medical equipment is safe for reuse until you destroy disease-causing micro-organisms that could have attached to it. Therefore, medical waste recyclers must provide their clients with appropriate—high-quality and well-labeled—trash bins to facilitate the safe handling of the waste.

Hospitality industry

Food products and food packaging materials make up most of the waste from the hospitality industry. Poorly-managed food waste produces a foul stench and creates an eyesore with heaps of food products and packaging that end up in landfills. Therefore, the primary aim of recycling and waste management service providers in the hospitality sector should be to encourage their clients to reduce the quantity of waste they produce.

Proper waste separation at the source will also help in sectioning waste for easy disposal to appropriate recycling centers. That will save recyclers the cost of sorting garbage, which they could invest in procuring better quality waste management equipment.

Scrap industry

Ferrous materials are the largest products in the scrap industry. Most of the waste from the scrap industry ends up in steelmaking plants. While these scrap sector products are, in themselves, trash from other industries, much of the waste that needs management is the effluents and byproducts from secondary processing.

This interweaved recycling necessitates the use of multi-purpose waste management equipment. With such equipment, you can complete all the recycling processes in one facility. That will increase your productivity targets while reducing your operational costs.

Processing industry

The processing of foods and crop products also contributes quite significantly in landfills. Typically, much of the waste from this industry is in the form of fibers, seeds, and pulp. These wastes are not harmful in their natural form even when the processing firm releases them in water bodies. However, since the effluents are in large quantities, they clog drainages and make waterways murky, thus polluting water bodies.

Other firms use chemicals in processing their products. Such will require working with an established waste and recycling company to develop a waste management solution based on their unique processing operations.

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Reducing, Reusing, Recycling

The pursuit of zero waste is still ongoing. You agree; it has not been an easy process even for you as a recycling company, healthcare facility, hospitality service provider, and processing company. It is not an overambitious plan, though. If you follow the right waste management procedures, use medical waste autoclaves and other innovative waste management equipment, and outsource recycling solutions when need be, you will have played your part accordingly. You even can make it fun!

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