Taking steps to preserve our environment and our natural resources has become an increasing priority in recent times. A rising quality of life, high rates of consumption, rapid urbanization and population growth have had an unintended negative impact on the environment, and these impacts have exceeded the capacities that local governments and agencies are capable of handling. That, in addition to having the funding capabilities to pay for the necessary upgrades, is delaying the changes needed to help build a better world.
SUEZ offers a wide range of municipal waste recycling and waste management services that are designed to help rise to these challenges, and plan for the future. Our hazardous waste, recycling and disposal services are designed to help mitigate the damage done to the environment, and we work with our partners to help design the best municipal waste recycling and composting solution for a greener future.
In 2017 the United States generated 267.8 million tons, or 4.51 pounds per person of municipal solid waste. That’s an increase of 77 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Of the municipal solid waste generated, municipal waste recycling programs took in about 35 percent was recycled (67 million tons) or composted (27 million tons). This waste was composed of paper (25 percent); food waste (15.2 percent); yard trimmings (13.1 percent); wood (6.7 percent); rubber, leather and textiles (9.7 percent); plastics (13.2 percent); metals (9.4 percent); other (3.5 percent); and glass (4.2 percent).
In Canada, from 2002 to 2016, the total amount of solid waste collected in Canada increased by 11 percent to 3.5 million tons. The amount of waste disposed in landfills or incinerated increased by 0.9 million tons (or 4 percent) to reach 24.9 million tons in 2016, according to the Canadian government. An estimated 64 percent of the waste disposed in landfills each year is potentially degradable, and capable of producing methane, a greenhouse gas. Food, paper and wood are the three largest degradable materials sent to landfill. Non-degradable waste makes up 36 percent of the waste disposed in landfills, primarily made up of plastics and building materials.
In 2016, Canadians generated about 34 million tons of MSW. Of this amount, 9 million tons (27 percent) was diverted through material recovery facilities or centralized organics processing operations (i.e., recycling and composting), and 25 million tons (73 percent) was sent for disposal in landfills, to incineration facilities, for thermal treatment (e.g. energy from waste, gasification) or for residual waste processing (e.g. conversion to an alternative fuel source), according to the Canadian government.
Food waste made up approximately 23 percent of all of the residual MSW disposed in 2016. Just under 6 million tons of both edible and inedible food waste was disposed. Yard and garden waste made up a small percentage of waste from all three sectors making up 4 percent of total residual MSW.
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