Waste management refers to the process in which waste (solid or liquid), with no father use, are diverted and reused to prevent pollution or any harm to the environment. This responsibility is managed by the federal government (Municipal, territorial, and provincial). They ensure that waste material (non-hazardous or hazardous) is collected, composted, disposed or recycled. They also have the mandate to approve and monitor waste management companies.
In the year 2014, Canada generated 725 metric tons of e-wastes, mostly from the use of information and technology equipment. The idea was supported by the growing demand for consumer electronics like smartphones. Most of these wastes must go through recycling programs, which are usually hazardous to the environment.
These recycling processes are promoted by the Retail Council of Canada, the Electronics Products Recycling Association (EPRA) and Electronic Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC). There are more than 150 facilities in Canada that provide Electronic Products Recycling (EPR) programs.
Hazardous and Recyclable Waste
An environmentally sound waste management system ensures that hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material are well maintained. If the waste is left to stay, it becomes a serious threat to the health of the community. This calls for proper waste management plans and solutions like waste diversions, site disposal, landfill disposal, incineration, and recycling.
Hazardous wastes (gases, liquids, solids, sludge or paste) have flammable, toxic, and corrosive characteristics. These harmful wastes are mainly residues from hospitals, manufacturing and processing plants, and industrial operations. Hazardous recyclable materials go through special treatment, while hazardous wastes undergo safe disposal. Also, sustainable waste management prevents greenhouse gas emissions.
Waste management companies have three options: to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste materials. These companies do import or export waste material from or to other countries for treatment and produce new and usable products. These movements are in agreement with the jurisdictions and regulations that protect or conserve the natural environment.
Wastes Management Services
One of the waste and recycling solutions provided by waste management companies is the provision of collection programs. They can sell or rent waste disposal bins for residential, commercial, and businesses use. They also have custom designs for waste disposal bins that are convenient for bin rental on a daily or long-term contracts. Long-term bin rental usually applies in the building and construction industry.
Therefore, waste management is important because it turns waste material into resources, preserves raw material, saves money, maintains stable markets in economic downturns, and keeps the environment clean. These management systems must satisfy three key elements of standards, which are health, environment, and safety.