Biodegradable waste can be broken down into natural resources; non-biodegradable waste cannot. Municipal waste comes from schools, homes, and institutions while industrial waste is the byproduct of manufacturing. Hazardous waste is dangerous to the environment.
Water reclamation and reuse reduces the amount of wastewater that must go through treatment plants. Recycling uses a large amount of energy and communities are looking into reuse to reduce requirements. Green waste can be used for compost.
Chicago once dumped large amounts of waste into the Chicago River, which polluted drinking water in Lake Michigan. A sewage treatment plant opened in the 1930s, but residents are still working to clean the river. A poor neighborhood in Chicago had high levels of lead in their water.
Credits: Towards a More Sustainable Community: Part 4 - Waste Management
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The long-term impact of waste disposal and the importance of environmentally conscious alternatives to landfills are explored. This chapter addresses the need to re-use natural resources and upgrade our urban infrastructure to accommodate waste and conserve energy. Is recycling effective and how can we improve the process and outcomes?
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