Have you ever realized just how much trash we as Americans throw out each year? In food waste alone according to La County Department of Water and Power (DWP).” Each year, Americans throw out 66 billion pounds of food — organic material wasting away at the bottom of a landfills.” (Scauzillo) 66 billion pounds, that is right your read that correctly 66 billion pounds! Which includes; cooked, or raw food waste, and organic materials that is just clogging up, and sitting at the bottom our landfills not to mention the amount of methane gas that is produced
La county DWP also states “Organic material decomposing in landfills creates methane, which can leak into the atmosphere. Methane is 87 times more potent in terms of warming the Earth than carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, scientists point out.” (Scauzillo) We have two huge problems here that correlate with each other. Number one is the amount of food waste that is dumped into our local landfills and how to reduce it. Number two is how to reduce the amount of methane gas produced from the accumulation of organic materials and food waste products.
What can be done to solve the problem of two very important issues that are clogging up our landfills, creating greenhouse gas emissions by warming the earth, and harming the atmospheric ozone. There are a few programs that can be created to help these issues by adapting a change for the reduction in food and organic materials, globally for the creation of a “Zero Waste” world. We will get into these programs later, but first in order to have control of “zero waste” it must start here in the United States. Zero waste must also be considered and adapted by the majority of the population of The United States.
Programs that can be created to create a “zero waste” world would have to include more of the population properly utilizing their green/ yard waste, and recycling containers properly. This is one of the simplest programs that has been created, and most of the population of The United States don’t follow it. According to a survey by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the National Waste & Recycling Association.” While 72 percent of Americans do not compost their food waste, 67 percent of these non-composters would be willing to if it were more convenient to do so in their community.” (Association, National Waste & Recycling)
A few ways that Americans can use their green/yard waste containers is by going to their local trash and recycling companies web site and look at the various items that can be thrown out in the green waste container. I looked up what can be thrown out in my container by visiting Waste Management’s website which is my local refuse company. I was shocked to find that many items I was throwing in the trash can be dumped into the green waste container including food waste products. Here is a list of various items that can be thrown in this container, according to Waste Management’s website. “all meat, bones, dairy & egg shells Bread, rice, beans & pasta Coffee grounds, filters, tea leaves & bags Food-soiled paper containers Fruits, vegetables & leftovers, Paper towels, plates, napkins & cups Shredded paper contained in paper bags Waxed paper cartons (milk, ice cream, juice, etc.).” (Waste Management) The removal of food waste, and organic materials from our local landfills that of which would just sit there and decompose resulting in the production of more greenhouse gas emissions.
How can we contain and lower the levels of greenhouse gas emissions well one way is a process that CR&R has created right here in Perris, California. CR&R has created a way of the future to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the production of methane gas of food waste, and organic material that would just sit in the local landfills. Imagine a carbon free ultra-low emission level, locally produced composter, renewal transportation fuel with enough energy to power heavy duty vehicles. Sound amazing right. “Well with the help of CR&R’ Aerobic Digestion (AD) will do just that. Our new state of the art processing facility can accept the region’s organic waste and divert this material from the local landfills where it would naturally degrade into environmentally damaging methane gas. It’s an advanced technology that moves waste and its’ associated methane emissions away from the landfill and into our vehicles in the form of a renewable natural gas; the cleanest transportation fuel available today. In addition, we will also create a high-grade organic compost material for farms, gardens and other agricultural facilities.” (CR&R Anaerobic Digester) With the help of CR&R’s new “aerobic Digester” (AD) will begin to help the future by lowering the greenhouse gas emission which will lower the production of harmful methane gas. We now can see a future leading us to “Zero waste” and a better environmental sustainability. It is awesome of this creation that will soon see a future where food waste, and organic materials will now be composted to be used in farmers and the general populations gardens and flowerbeds. We have to give credit to CR&R by the creation of the Aerobic Digester though to be able to compost tons of food waste, and organic materials, by turning the byproduct of the composting into a source of energy to power their fleet of trucks instead of using compressed natural gas which is what they currently use today. This is a major advancement to help our environment buy the creation of an alternative renewable energy and not using a fossil fuel that cannot be used again. The other great about this aerobic digester is that when all four phases are completed by the year 2020 there will be no greenhouse gas emissions or harmful methane gas produced. Four million gallons of natural gas will be produced what CR&R will be pumped back into the system for the general populations to use.
We have now created a program that can control food waste, and organic materials that would normally just be left to decompose in our local landfills, and create greenhouse gas emissions and harmful methane gas. Also we have seen the possible benefits of food, and organic materials that are going to be banned from entering our local landfills. Due to the production of CR&R’s aerobic digester this food and organic materials will be composted into renewable resources to be used in farming and also the general public’s garden’s and flowerbeds, and the big one the creation of a new form of energy as a byproduct to power a whole fleet of garbage trucks. Many different refuse companies are looking at these ideas of how to create “zero waste” and future for the population by lowering the effects of harmful green house and methane gas production creating environmental sustainability.
Association, National Waste & Recycling. “National Waste & Recycling Association Survey Finds Most Americans Would Compost If It Was More Convenient in Their Community.” PR Newswire: News Distribution, Targeting and Monitoring, PRNewswire, 12 Feb. 2018, www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-waste–recycling-association-survey-finds-most-americans-would-compost-if-it-was-more-convenient-in-their-community-239232261.html.
According to The National Waste And Recycling Association most of the populations in the United States don’t compost there food waste. I am using the source as logos to emphasize the percentage of Americans that don’t compost food waste, and a percentage would do it if it were easier. This is a credible source because the author is the National Waste and Recycling Association. I believe that they would have data from a survey conducted by Harris interactive.
According to Waste management there are various items that can be placed in the yard waste/organics cart. I am using this source to be used as a guide of what can and what cannot be placed in the yard waste/organics cart. Waste management I believe is a credible source as they are the local refuse provider for local cities.
Miller-Coleman, Nicole. “Perris Facility to Meet State’s Environmental Goals.” Sandiegouniontribune.com, 9 Aug. 2017, www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/sd-tm-0729-digester-20170719-story.html.
The Union Tribune met with CR&R to get a story of the Aerobic Digester and how it can benefit the state of California in the composting of food waste. I will use this source to emphasize statistic from CR&R on how there is no created production of Greenhouse gas emissions by the digester. The union Tribune is a credible source in this matter as they have tested and backed up with statistics of how the digester will help the environment.
“CR&R Anaerobic Digestion Services.” CR&R Environmental Services, crrwasteservices.com/sustainability/anaerobic-digestion/. CR&R is stating in this article of how the t Aerobic digester can help the environment to a better Zero waste environmental Sustainability. I will use the CR&R website to state that the Digester can compost food waste and Organic materials and turn them into natural gas to be used to fuel their fleet of trucks and also reduce methane gas production. CR&R is a credible source due to the fact that they have created the Aerobic Digester, and research of how it works and how it can benefit the environment.
Scauzillo, Steve. “Waste Management.” Your Food Waste Is Clogging up California’s Landfills. Here’s How Recycling Could Fix It, 30 July 2016, dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/SoCalConversion/FoodWasteCloggingUpCalifornia.
According to DWP we as Americans throw a lot of food waste into our local landfills this number is rising all the time. I am referring to L.A. Department of Water and Power to emphasize on just how much food waste, and organics we as Americans throw out each year. I believe that DWP in credible in the fact that they have done research and have given statistics to emphasize that we throw way to much food waste into our local landfills.,