Proposal for Composting
by SunnyDeng on November 8, 2017 - 12:51pm
In an article on sciencing, John Newton (2017) explains that the space needed to create a landfill site destroys the homes of many species, as well as pollutes the water in the ground and the quality of the soil around the site. Not to mention the degradation of the health of those who lives near those sites. Plus, he explains how it generates methane gas which is a known greenhouse gas that does more damage to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. In other words, it can exponentially speed up climate change. Indeed, methane is said to stay in the atmosphere for 9 to 15 years and it is one of the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions (Tox Town, 2017).
Like many other countries in America, Canada also uses landfills to dump their wastes in. Thus, it is something that cannot continue if we, or the future generations, are to live on Earth.
A way to minimize the use of landfills is composting. In an article by Otten (2001), he states that almost half the waste that was collected was organic which is “responsible for most of the…landfill gas problems”. Organic waste is something that could have been composted instead of thrown into a landfill. Indeed, Otten (2001) exclaims that by composting, it reduces the dangerous gases spread by landfills and increases their life. Thus, if composting were to become a more common aspect of people’s lives, then it would be possible to reduce the sizes and numbers of landfills needed. Plus, by having less waste, then less transportation is needed to move the wastes to landfills, ultimately also reducing not only methane emission, but also carbon dioxide emissions. However, because many lives in a small house or in an apartment, it would be a large benefit for the environment if the government of Canada were to do compost for their citizens as it can also be used as fertilizer for farms and would not restrict composting to those who have a yard.
This is important for Da Sen and I’s community because while we do recycle, we do not do anything about organic waste. Thus, with the recent changes in plastic bags and recycling bins, we should also incorporate a government controlled composting facility.
Newton, John. (2017, April 25). The Effects of Landfills on the Environment. Retrieved from https://sciencing.com/effects-landfills-environment-8662463.html.
Otten, Lambert. (2001, February 2). Wet–dry composting of organic municipal solid waste: current status in Canada. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 28(1s), 124-130. Retrieved from EBSCOhost
Tox Town. (2017, April 19). Methane. Retrieved from https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=92.