The Role of Waste Cart Cleaning in Landfill Reduction
No one will argue that dirty garbage cans are, at best, unpleasant. Open the lid and you are greeted by foul smelling odors. And sometimes worse. Dirty waste containers can be a breeding ground for insects and rodents, and may attract foraging animals in search of a meal. Dirty waste bins are also unsightly. However, there is a far more compelling reason to think about keeping the nation's garbage cans clean: it can significantly reduce the amount of material dumped into our landfills.
Studies clearly show that American's participation in voluntary (or mandatory) recycling and composting programs decreases in direct proportion to the level of unpleasantness. In other words: when the waste carts are filthy, people want no part of it. Seems logical.
With an annual production of over 50 tons of garbage PER PERSON in the US, it is imperative that we use every means to reduce the material sent to landfills. It is suggested that the nation's landfills will reach their capacity as soon as 2020 if we don't take significant action.
Composting to Reduce Landfill Content
Perhaps the greatest opportunity to reduce the rate of landfill accumulation is through composting. Approximately 27% of the materiel that winds up in our landfills is organic, comprised of food scrap and yard waste. This can be entirely diverted from the waste stream by composting. San Fransisco, and several other communities throughout the US, are having great success with both mandatory and voluntary composting.
Organic material is collected at the residential, and commercial, source in a third waste bin. It is then taken to a central composting station where it is composted at an accelerated rate. This "Black Gold" is then SOLD off locally to growers and landscapers. The return on investment is immediately positive. (If you are not familiar with the properties of organic compost - it is worth a little research. It is likened to a miracle drug for the Earth!)
The only down side to organized composting is that the containers get pretty dirty. Due to the nature of the process it is inadvisable to bag materials meant for composting. Therefore, raw scraps of food are sitting (for up to a week at a time) in direct contact with the waste bin. Frequent and thorough cleaning is the only remedy.
Waste Cart Cleaning Revenue Opportunity
This presents a significant opportunity for waste haulers (and entrepreneurs) to expand their business model to include waste cart cleaning. The end cost to the consumer is amazingly low while the results produce tangible satisfaction. Clearly this is an industry in its infancy and on the move. Why not explore the possibilities?
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