Cleaning Up the World: Why Dumpster Rentals are Good for the Environment
February 25 | by Greg Westfall
Did you know dumpster rentals are not only convenient, but can also be the best disposal choice for the environment? After all, a good waste disposal company will always ensure trash is removed responsibly.
At VaVia, our team encourages recycling and repurposing as much construction and renovation debris as possible. Because of this, VaVia clients can have confidence knowing they’re doing good for the overall environment.
From excess waste to toxic pollutants, construction and renovation projects can do a lot of damage to our natural surroundings. So much so that in the 90s, many U.S. state departments began amending their regulations to enforce stricter rules on government-funded construction projects.
On a much smaller scale, homeowners and contractors are also becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprints. So whether you’re upgrading the master bath or handling a complex landscaping project, here are some reasons why a dumpster rental just makes good environmental sense.
1. Dumpster Rental allows for more recycling
According to the EPA, only 35% of waste was recycled in 2017. Although that rate is a significant improvement from 15 years prior, it clearly shows we still have a long way to go. That same report though says it’s actually possible for Americans to recycle as much as 70% of all their waste.
Proper waste segregation is crucial to achieving that target. By renting a dumpster for your waste materials, you’re allowing disposal experts to handle the sorting process for you. This means less trash ends up at the local landfill. But aside from simply increasing the recycling rate, proper sorting can also reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions associated with landfill transport.
2. Dumpster Rental prevents waste burning
In smaller rural communities, setting trash on fire is quite common. Often referred to as ‘garbage burning’, people put their waste in a burn barrel and light it up in flames. People will often engage in this controversial practice out of convenience, but there’s no doubt that it’s extremely harmful. Burning garbage is a major source of uncontrolled pollution that can contaminate the food chain.
Research has shown that 41% of global waste is burned openly, releasing a variety of toxic pollutants into the air. Studies repeatedly prove that waste burning produces more dioxins than all industrial activities combined.
A simple container rental can prevent this by allowing homeowners and contractors a safe place to get rid of their waste. A 10 or 15-yard dumpster from VaVia can handle all kinds of things. From broken appliances to demolition debris, you can have peace of mind knowing all your unwanted materials are being handled in an eco-friendly way.
3. Dumpster Rental avoids water contamination
When residents and business owners don’t know what to do with chemicals, they’ll often flush them down the toilet or pour these liquids down the sink. But these contaminants can seep into the ground, eventually making their way to municipal water systems. It can also create a dangerous breeding ground for bacteria and disease-causing insects.
Although hazardous materials are not allowed in your dumpster rental, trash disposal experts can offer advice on how best to handle this type of waste. If you’re trying to get rid of paints, asbestos or motor oils, these professionals can help you determine the right course of action for these items too.
VaVia is committed to Responsible Disposal
VaVia is dedicated to serving our clients while enriching the environment we live in. Our company offers container rentals that are not only efficient, but also good for our natural surroundings. Their slim design means our dumpsters take up minimal space on your job site, ensuring frequent and efficient removal of all debris. Do your part in protecting the environment by partnering with a waste disposal firm that makes environmental safety its top priority.
For more information on eco-friendly dumpster rentals, call VaVia at 1-833-GO-VAVIA or contact us here.
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