THE ETS GREEN COMMITMENT
With today’s technology, 100% of the waste stream is recyclable.
Up to 70% of the Municipal Solid Waste stream is organic material of which only 20% represents yard trimmings. Composting organic materials can significantly reduce waste stream volume and offer economic advantages for communities when the costs of other options are high.
One of the most pressing issues that we face today is that landfills are getting too “filled” and burying organics creates an environmental nightmare as it generates methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than CO2. By diverting organics and other recyclables conserves, we effectively conserve diminishing landfill space and reduce GHG emissions.
When composted, organic matter and nutrients are recaptured and recycled into valuable soil amendments. Disposing of them as trash, buries these important assets and, in turn, generates the need to produce and utilize more chemical fertilizers.
Less landfilling means fewer tipping fees and opens the door for more proactive approaches to the recycling of organic materials. By incorporating green waste and food residuals into yard waste, compost produces a more nutrient-rich end product and can increase product value. Clearly, diverting and composting organics proves beneficial to the environment and the balance sheet.
By-products such as compost and soils are renewable and have a positive impact on the environment. Many municipal, farm and small commercial composting facilities overlook the potential of incorporating green waste residuals into their recycle streams because they fear risk of odors, pests, pathogens, and water contamination, which are all elements that can be managed and kept to a minimum.
It is also an added cost to the recycler due to the fact that special collection and transport is needed.
However, with modest preparation and the right waste management partner, these potential issues can be anticipated and managed without extra cost or concern.