We all throw away some garbage every day, in Rock Hill and everywhere else. Sometimes it is hard to get away from trash at home especially if you got a big house with many family members living in it. The landfills in South Carolina are getting full, that’s why everyone should know about the importance of recycling, segregation, and proper disposal of waste.
But, let’s first discuss where does such garbage come from and where does it go? Are there ways we can e,ploy to reduce the amount of trash we create?
Waste Management 101
Well, garbage has two classifications which are either biodegradable or nonbiodegradable. When we say biodegradable, it means that the trash will decay and may turn into soil after some time. Yes, you heard it right, it will become soil.
The soil that covers the earth is formed through decayed animals, plants and other natural debris. Items that are considered biodegradable are parts of animals (skin, muscles, and hair) and their wastes, plants and their parts. Animal bones too are considered as biodegradable even though it takes a bit longer for them to decompose.
An example of the best biodegradable material is paper as it is derived from trees, which belongs to the “plant parts” classification. When you bury a piece of paper in the back of your backyard, it is going to decay, and in roughly three months’ time, it is already decayed and you can no longer see it.
On the other hand, non-biodegradable garbage is precisely the opposite. These items are in no way able to decompose by themselves or else it is going to take hundreds or thousands of years before they will have decayed properly. Most of these items are typically made from minerals and chemicals which cannot decompose naturally. The best examples of non-biodegradable trash are glass, rubber, plastic, aluminum foils, and aluminum cans.
How Does Garbage Decompose
Biodegradable materials will decay with enough time given for the process to happen. The duration of time necessary for such decomposition may differ according to the density of the matter, location, weather conditions, temperature, and the number of decomposers that reside in your place. So, what are decomposers then?
Decomposers can be animals, insects, earthworms, fungus, bacteria, or some other organism that consumes biodegradable matter. Try dropping an apple staple on the ground, and you will notice that it is not going to take long before it starts to rot. Small animals will nibble on the leftovers of the apple. Birds and insects may as well eat chunks from it. Before you can know it, the apple will have disappeared. Some of it permanently left with the creature that consumed it; however, part of it was transformed into soil.
Have you noticed that leaves fall on the ground during autumn and pile up around front doors and underneath bushes? If these leaves did not get removed for a long time, they would progressively decay on their own. Autumn happens every year, but other people don’t have issues with too many leaves piled up in their doorways.
This is because the leaves decompose fast and form into humus and return to the soil. Leaves on the trees are carrying energy, wherein if they fall into the ground, that energy is going to return to the land which helps the plants grow back later on in the next cycle.
Where does all this garbage go?
If we are going to throw trash away, it does not only sit in the trash can. Waste handlers, trash collectors, and sanitation workers are the ones to take these garbage away. The trash is carried by a huge truck and then hauled to the landfill in most of the communities. The landfill is also known as the dump.
In the landfills of South Carolina, some trash will be burned, while some will be buried beneath the soil. Another waste undergoes the process called recycling. Waste management companies like us here at Rock Hill Dumpster Rentals Co carefully and adequately dispose of this garbage so it won’t harm the residents or even the water system.