The Problem Of Waste Management

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Paragraph ONE In our current society there’s a lot of talk about waste management. Buzzwords like “sustainability,” “eco-friendly,” and “biodegradable” find their way into our lives. Into our homes. But is it just aimed at the individual, or does it go beyond the doors of our homes? We all know that industry is everywhere. It in some way encompasses every aspect of our daily routine. From the packaging your toothpaste comes in, to the parts that make up the vehicle you drive, it all originated at a commercial or industrial facility. The UXL Encyclopedia of Water Science states “Commercial operations are those that provide a service or sell a product.” (Hoyle, 419) What we may not realize is just how much waste these multi-faceted…show more content…
There needs to exist a solution that can be obtained now; we must lobby for new policies that will encourage industry, large and small, to recycle more and ultimately create less waste. Paragraph TWO To attempt to solve this problem we must first define the scale of the problem. Over 95% of our nation’s overall waste is on the largescale industrial level (farming, mining, and industrial). (“Waste Management” 4638) The remaining five percent is municipal solid waste. Of that, 60% is from construction and commercial operations. (Nolan and Reaves) That is a staggering amount when one considers that our nation threw out 254 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2013. (EPA) Industrial waste, though it sounds all encompassing, is typically defined to large scale. Whereas commercial businesses can be both large and small. Since these definitions lend to a very wide and diverse range of waste, we must narrow it down for the purpose and constraints of this composition. Large scale mega-corporations tend to generate a lot of revenue and are therefore, often times, publically traded. This fact places them more in the lime-light, under the watchful eye of the EPA and the public. Smaller, privately held, commercial businesses fall out of the spectrum of industry and are able to fly more under the radar. This smaller size lends more to frugalness and therefore less concern with issues
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