Sustainable Cities Project - Xavier Morand, Emma Husser and Nicolas Bernier
by xmorand on November 9, 2017 - 9:10am
Domestic waste is a huge environmental issue all around the world, but according to an article by Radio-Canada called, “Où produit-on le plus de déchets? La réponse en carte” (2016), Canada is one of the countries that produces the most domestic waste per person per day. The worldwide average of waste per person per day is of 1.2kg (which is already huge), and Canada is way above that average according to the map attached to this article.
In fact, based on this map, Canada produces, on average, between 4 and 5 kilograms of waste per person per day, which is an enormous quantity. Fortunately, many cities are starting to raise awareness about this issue by promoting recycling in their municipalities, but previously presented results and statistics have shown that this is not enough. In fact, while recycling is great for materials such as paper and plastic, but people who recycle still end up throwing away all of their food, clothes, etc. which still is a huge amount of domestic waste that end up in landfills. Very few cities have begun promoting compost within their municipalities, but compost has not gained a lot of popularity yet even though it would be a great solution to this environmental issue.
Compost not only decomposes food wastes in a natural manner, but the result of such a decomposition also makes excellent nutrients for the soil, with makes the soil richer and moist as well as keeping plant diseases away. On top of that, not only does it reduce waste in landfills, but once in landfills, our domestic waste is burned, which produces an extremely high amount of methane gas and other toxic gases for the environment. By promoting compost, people will reduce the amount of toxic gases that end up in our atmosphere as well as reducing their carbon and ecological footprint.