The eco-movement has gained a lot of prominence over the last few years. A lot of developments over the years have led to the rise of several eco-friendly trends pertaining to recycling and waste management that could potentially save the earth and its natural resources in the long run. Accordingly, here are 6 such waste management and recycling trends that are already making waves in the green community today.
Plastic that ends up in oceans and landfills across the world can turn hundreds of years to degrade. Plus, it can be quite hazardous to the environment. Taking this into consideration, a lot of cities around the world have started imposing bans on several types of plastic, including polystyrene foam.
Many regions are also imposing bans on the use of plastic bottles, shopping bags and packaging to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the landfills every year. These initiatives would, in turn, lead to a trend that would hopefully see the end of these unsustainable materials in the next few years.
Expansion to CNG
A lot of cities are promoting CNG expansion by encouraging their residents to switch to compressed natural gas engines from the traditional fuel/diesel engines normally used in vehicles. CNG is more eco-friendly and is highly economic in the long run although the upfront costs may turn out to be a bit expensive. Nevertheless, the switch to CNG would surely be a movement many individuals would want to join in the near future in order to do their bit to contribute to the environment.
Switch to Digital Media
Following the legislation signed by President Obama in 2012, ordering the EPA to switch to digital records from traditional paper records, a large number of industries and commercial businesses have adopted this trend in the U.S. Digital records are easier to access when compared to paper records that simply pile up one over the other as the years progress.
In addition to this, digital records place fewer burdens on the need for more paper which would, in turn, have a direct impact on activities like de-forestation that contribute to greenhouse gases. These and the many more benefits offered by the digital media would surely see many more individuals; offices and commercial businesses adapt this trend in a big way in the coming years.
In 2013, Swedish student Omer Haciomergolu showcases a one of a kind robot called Ero, which would be able to recycle an entire building made of concrete and rebar. Imagine what a robot like this could mean for the future! Instead of demolishing all those old buildings and throwing away the materials in dumps, we could use the Ero robot to simply recycle the entire building into something more useful. Ero started a trend of sorts in this regard, and it is only natural that we expect more innovations like these to start doing the rounds in the next few years.
The advent of 3D printing has opened the doors to several manufacturing possibilities that were either considered impossible, or were considered too burdensome just a few years ago. From printing out anything needed for personal, private and even commercial use, 3D printers have created a green trend of sorts and can be used to even build a home from scratch in just a day. The more recent 3D printers have also started using plastic waste to print out its products. As such, one can only expect this trend to grow further and take on new dimensions in the near future.
Energy Derived from Organic Waste
Cities like California have been promoting eco-technology on a large scale for quite some time now. One such project in Sacramento County features a creation called the Sacramento BioDigester that can generate sustainable bioenergy from food and biodegradable waste. The digester can easily process at least 100 tons of organic materials and waste every day, creating usable bioenergy from the same.
Similar projects have also been started in several other areas in the U.S., including Lake Buena Vista in Florida. The high efficiency of these digesters, their low operational costs and other potential benefits like odor control could definitely see more of these projects crop up in other countries around the world.
A lot of recycling and waste management trends have been initiated over the past few years. While some of them don’t make an impact, others tend to gain momentum and become essential trends that can reshape our future for the better.