3 Waste Disposal Issues Happening Around The United States

A pile of trash from different fast food restaurants showing improper waste disposal

One of the most important topics of discussion in our society is the mounting waste disposal problem our world is facing. Many experts say the world’s trash is at a crisis level, and we must act now to reverse its impact. As a result, many local government agencies are facing new challenges to reversing their effects on the environment and their communities. That is why we’ve highlighted 3 waste disposal issues happening in the United States.

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Cities in Arizona Face a Recycling Program Issue

Recycling has become an important element in a number of cities’ waste disposal programs. It helps reduce the need for extracting, refining, and processing raw materials, which creates significant pollution. The State of Arizona has their own recycling program that is designed to reduce harmful waste. However, the state is in danger of eliminating the program.

Many cities in Arizona are cutting back on this form of waste disposal because of a lack of understanding about what is recyclable and what is not. According to Cronkite News, cheesy pizza boxes, plastic grocery bags, and grass clippings are just a few items found in the recycling facilities. These warehouses manually sort through recyclables and non-recyclables, and when they find something doesn’t belong, it comes at a cost, and the city is the one who pays the bill.

Los Angeles Has a Growing Trash Problem

According to Signe Okkels Larsen, of the 12 million tons of trash in Los Angeles, 25% ends up in landfills, while 76% makes its way to a recycling plant. This number has made Los Angeles one of the best places for recycling in the United States. However, the city is facing a problem, they’re running out of landfill space. As a result, they’ve been looking for ways to rid themselves of their trash. Alternatives have included “waste-to-energy” technologies and simply shipping them into landfills in faraway deserts. Waste-to-energy technologies, such as trash incinerators are a controversial form of waste disposal, but they are capable of providing much-needed energy while eliminating waste. 

California is Cracking Down on E-Waste

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is one of the fastest-growing types of waste on the planet. According to Statista, in 2019 approximately 54 million metric tons were produced worldwide, primarily in developed nations. The items are often exported to developing countries, having a negative impact on their environment.  

California has very strict regulations when it comes to electronic waste disposal. But, many large companies are ignoring them. Many retailers are paying costly fines due to illegally landfilling their electronic items. Companies such as Walgreens, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Ross Stores, are paying millions of dollars for their mistake. In one case, some of the scraps are suspected to have ignited two fires. 

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