Have you ever wondered where your rubbish removal take your waste

Most of us don’t often think about where our rubbish ends up when we’re done with it. Given that countries like the UK produce some 230 million tonnes of waste per year, perhaps we should give our waste management habits a second thought. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your rubbish once it’s collected, read on for the five major ways your waste is handled.

Rubbish is Sent to an Energy Recovery Facility

Your rubbish removal service may take your trash to an energy recovery facility. These plants sort out all the waste that’s brought in, separating what can be used from what cannot. They employ a process called anaerobic digestion, which converts food waste into fuel.

Kitchen waste is moulded into a porridge-like mixture, which is then stirred and heated inside an airtight container. This process releases methane and carbon dioxide gases which can be used for fuel to generate heat and electricity. The food waste also produces a leftover liquid, which can be used in fertiliser. Anaerobic digestion not only reuses food waste but also reduces the need for other energy sources like coal or natural gas.

Rubbish Goes to a Household Recycling Centre

Before hauling things to an energy recovery facility, rubbish removal services will attempt to recycle as much of your waste as possible. If you have recyclable materials like paper, card, glass, plastic, and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) then they go to a local household recycling centre.

These centres often take items for reuse as well. Bulkier waste like furniture, bicycles, clothing, and old appliances can be donated at a reuse and recycling centre. They might also be taken to charities for donation. Waste disposal professionals will often work with local charities and recycling centres to ensure as much rubbish they collect as possible can be recycled or reused.

Rubbish is Taken for Composting

Waste that isn’t converted into energy fuel or donated at a centre might be taken for composting. Facilities use Windrow composting and In-Vessel Composting. For the Windrow method, the waste is gathered into large heaps called Windrows. It’s mixed and turned frequently until it’s broken down into a natural material that can be used as fertiliser.

In-Vessel Composting mixes kitchen and garden waste, putting the piles in covered tunnels so the organic process of breaking down can be more strictly controlled.

Large facilities aren’t the only ones capable of composting. You can start your own compost at home with a container, nitrogen-rich materials such as leafy green garden waste, and carbon-rich materials such as woody, brown, or dry garden waste. By combining the nitrogen-rich with carbon-rich materials, letting the mixture heat and then cool down, you can create your own fertiliser.

Rubbish is Sent Abroad

Unfortunately, not every method used to dispose of rubbish is completely sustainable. One such method is the UK’s sending waste abroad. Until 2018, British rubbish was shipped to China. China began restricting waste importation, however, citing its own country’s public health concerns. The UK then started shipping to countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. But they’ve also begun to put up resistance in accepting waste from abroad.

While sending waste to another country solves the immediate problem of too much waste generated, it’s not a viable long-term solution. Indeed, if countries stop accepting foreign waste then the UK and other countries who ship rubbish abroad will have to find another way to handle their trash problem.

Rubbish is Sent to a Landfill

Although it’s the least sustainable method of handling rubbish, a great deal of the UK’s waste is still sent to landfill every year. Materials that aren’t composted, turned into energy fuel, or recycled often end up being dumped in landfills. Sometimes even hazardous waste materials like asbestos can end up in landfills.

The Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs estimates that 10.8% of local authority waste was sent to landfill in 2018/19. This equates to 2.8 million tonnes. The percentage of landfill waste went down from 2017/18, however, by 14.2%. This reduction is a great step toward further sustainability, but we have to keep changing our waste-producing habits if we want to keep progressing.

Final Thoughts on Where Your Rubbish Ends Up

Now that you know where your trash goes once you throw it away, you can consider methods to reduce your overall waste. It’s easy to let our rubbish be someone else’s problem – as long as it’s no longer in your house then it’s not your worry, right? Unfortunately, if everyone thinks like this then rubbish disposal does, in fact, become everyone’s problem. The journey toward a more eco-friendly future starts with making yourself aware of waste management practices.

Chipped a tooth? Dental issues that require an emergency appointment

Do you suspect your leg is broken? If you do, you know to go to the nearest hospital for an emergency X-ray. Is your dog coughing a lot and being sick? Call the emergency vet!

Have you woken up and noticed one of your fillings has fallen out? No big deal, I will leave it until my next check-up.

Oh dear.

Unfortunately, many people are aware of what constitutes a trip to the emergency room for themselves and even their pets, but when it comes to assessing the need for a same day check-up with a dentist, many people fall short of the mark. This, unfortunately, rarely ends well and can cause further damage or discomfort that could have been avoided.

If you wake up one morning and you notice a lost filling, you need to call an emergency dentist for a same day appointment. Many dental surgeries, like Spa Dental Sydney CBD, are able to offer same day appointments for emergency patients, to resolve the issue and prevent further damage.

So what else constitutes booking an emergency dental appointment?

Unrelenting discomfort

You know it is time to book when that pain in your mouth is too much to bear.

If you are experiencing a throbbing, burning or sharp pain under one of your teeth, you need to book an emergency appointment. Given the urgency of this particular dental presentation, many dental surgeries, will be able to offer you a same day appointment, or will refer you to another dental surgery who may be able to help you.

Chipped, cracked or broken tooth

A chipped tooth is a common occurrence in children or those who play contact sports like rugby, but just because they are common, does not mean they aren’t an emergency.

If you notice your tooth is cracked, chipped or partly broken, then you need a same day dental appointment, even if there is no discomfort.

Delays in getting a cracked tooth fixed can lead to decay or allow bacteria to attack the pulp of the tooth, which can cause a very unpleasant infection.

Sudden swelling

Found a strange lump in your mouth? Don’t panic!

Most lumps that occur in the mouth are benign but, just to be on the safe side, it is worth visiting your dentist for an emergency examination of the area.

If the lump appeared suddenly and is sore to touch, then you likely have either an abscess or an ulcer. If your dentist is concerned about something more sinister, like oral cancer, then they can refer you for treatment with a specialist.

Broken or damaged brace

As strange as it sounds, if you are wearing a fitted orthodontic brace and you notice that a bracket is loose, or that the wire is broken, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible for a temporary repair.

This is to prevent your teeth, which are already being moved around by the brace, from becoming looser and potentially falling out.

Disclaimer

All dental treatments carry potential risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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