Every year there are more and more reports about the skyrocketing cost of managing garbage and sewage and the problems that municipalities are facing with landfills that are not only full, but overflowing. Organic waste recycling has helped to alleviate these problems in some areas. In addition, this focus on the recycling of organic waste materials has eliminated some issues with groundwater contamination and has served to improve the safety of soils for organic farming operations.
According to researchers, large cities and substantial animal-raising facilities end up wasting tons and tons of natural resources every day, while polluting lakes, rivers and oceans when they allow their organic refuse, manure and sewage to be discarded. Experts say that a much better use of this material is to regard it as what it really is, a form of wealth that is being squandered. This waste of significant natural resources can be tapped into with proper organic waste recycling efforts.
Instead of putting out huge amounts of taxpayers’ money in order to deal with the various stages of organic waste products, there are many experts who point out that this money would be much better spent if used to establish organic waste recycling programs. Such programs have the potential to take a budget drain and transform it into a new source of income for these municipalities, while at the same time significantly improving the environment.
Organic Waste in Landfills
A recent report that studied the issue noted that landfills are nearing capacity in many countries around the globe and that the organic waste material that is simply allowed to rot ends up releasing methane gasses into the environment and leaching acids into groundwater systems. The report also indicated that there are 13 US states that are expected to be completely out of landfill capacity in ten years or less, which means that recycling options must be seriously considered.
Organic Waste Composting
One researcher pointed out that municipalities in all industrialized nations spend massive amounts of taxpayers’ money to get rid of valuable organic nutrients. This is a bad habit. He goes on to say that with some careful thought and a changed perspective on recycling composting programs, these cities could readily turn their organic waste into a revenue steam that would benefit the environment and significantly relieve the taxpayers’ burden.
The technology and the systems are already available, and are in use in many other areas. In the province of Tanum, Sweden, a low-water consumption composting toilet system has been instituted. This system uses only one seventh the amount of water that is used in traditional flush toilet systems and also eliminates the maintenance of extensive sewage systems and treatments plants. In addition, this method of recycling waste converts the organic sewage and garbage into viable compost products that are both usable and suitable for selling.
Once organic waste recycling is established in an area, the sewage waste from municipalities and from animal producers goes through a waste treatment process to make the material safe for use in organic gardens and farms. It has also been estimated that the compost produced by this use of organic waste could provide as much as 15 percent of the nutrients for soil treatment that is now being supplied by fertilizers.