Landfill Statistics of General Interest for All

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Landfill statistics can be a really dry and not really engaging subject, and they generally apply to a specific area, but to gain an appreciation of landfill statistic I'm going to offer you some guestimated statistics from what I know about landfills around the globe.

Firstly there's the statistic of how much waste all of us produces each year.

The typical person living in a developed country will produce between a half a tonne and one and 1 / 4 tons of waste a year. That's the weight of the material everybody throws in the bin or wheely annually, some of this could be recycled or not. To think about that landfill statistic actually means, just think what a hill of rubbish this is as each one of us is contributing each week. Just imagine for a minute emptying your bin every week for a year into your garden and what you garden would look like! In a mean garden this landfill statistic would suggest all your plants being smothered by stinky rubbish potentially a foot or more deep, each year! this is only part of the mountain of waste we produce, because there's another landfill statistic for the quantity of waste we ditch while working whether we're employed in an office or a factory. In numerous firms we dump between a quarter and a half as much rubbish away while at work as we do after we get home, and that it the commercial waste to landfill statistic!

Factories produce waste ( known as business waste ) which is an even bigger quantity and that's reported as the commercial waste to landfill statistic. Actually economic waste has been quoted as being six to twelve times the weight of the products which come out of the factory gate to be sold. Are you able to imagine for one minute how huge this quantity is? It involves the ore dug out from mines which has only a bit of the metal removed from it. It also includes stuff like the paper not used when as an example a circular paper plate is cut from a roll, or a tree is cut into planks and the bark and the pieces of each circular tree trunk which were too narrow to be made into anything handy.

Industry is beginning to become far less wasteful and rather than sending off-cuts, and waste stone to landfill or to mine screw up heaps to frighten the landscape forever, other uses are being found for these materials. In effect these materials are now not waste because they are re-used in a selection of ways, and they're diverted away from landfill. So another fascinating landfill statistic which is being quoted more frequently as time goes on is the waste to landfill diversion statistic.

In the ECU as an example, there are targets for waste diversion away from landfill, meaning that almost all of this material must be minimized as waste, re-used, or recycled before, as a final resort, it is permitted to go to landfill. In the ECU the landfill statistic in relation to the targets for recycling and diversion are released by the EU and each state, and the amount permitted being permitted to be landfilled drops every year till 2020. Ultimately the target is to stop almost all organic ( rot-able waste ) being sent to landfill, and many govts are prepared to scale back the waste sent to landfill to nil.

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Steve Last is an environmental engineer who is also a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and lives in the county of Shropshire, UK. CEnv is a new and growing academic discipline created in the last two years. All Chartered Environmentalists further the principles of sustainability.

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