The Country Made Entirely of Food Waste
If food waste were a country – let’s call it “Fodwa” – it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases, only to be beaten by the USA and China. Fodwa also contributes more to climate change than all the volcanoes in the world combined. Pretty damaging “country”, right?
The problem here is that so many people still feel that they’re not a citizen of Fodwa. Or - even if they do acknowledge that they have a significant part to play in recycling - the ‘we-do-it-like-this-because-we-always-have’ mentality sometimes gets in the way, and chucking all household (or commercial) waste in one bin seems far easier than spending any sort of time separating it out.
And we’re all busy, aren’t we? And will it really make that much difference if you as an individual or business choose to switch to a “separate at source” program? As you can probably imagine, we – as the Waste Management dorks – think that taking a little bit more care and attention at this point in your consumption cycle, will ultimately lead to a hugely beneficial outcome for everyone and the planet.
That is, of course, if we all do it together.
When we say, “separate at source”, what we’re referring to is the segregation of different types of solid waste at the location they are generated. The process of doing this is called “Source Separation” and the main reason for doing it is to maximise the amount of waste that is able to be recycled. And, with up to 40% of household and/or commercial waste now being deemed suitable for recycling - and a further 30% likely to be compostable – it would be nothing short of downright insane to continue sending all this good stuff to landfill.
Citizens of Fodwa, you are not going to change the world on your own, but if each and every one of us does our bit, we’ll be leaving behind a much better planet for those to come.
“This sounds like some weird superhero movie where you’re asking me to save the planet. I don’t even have a costume; what exactly are you asking of me?”
Ah! So glad you asked. We want to help everyone do their bit for the planet and that’s why we created Mercorr Connect: to make sure your efforts to “separate at source” result in the best final outcome for your waste. So first let’s look at how we separate stuff:
Ideally, these should be separated down by material and put in different containers ready to be sent off for recycling. However, baby steps are the first move in the right direction, so grouping all recyclables together in one container is a good place to start. These include:
2. Compostables/Organic Waste.
Food or plant waste (including organically produced packaging) should be utilised properly by way of composting. If this isn’t something you have the capacity to do inhouse, there are plenty of compost users out there who would be very grateful for your banana skins and seen-better-days office daffodils. Having a dedicated place to store this type of waste before collection is a very small but impactful way of making sure you don’t get rid of very useful stuff. Remember: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure - and Mercorr Connect gives you the opportunity to ensure that your waste falls into the hands of someone who will treasure it! Teabags; grass cuttings; vegetable peelings – you name it – this is the stuff of dreams to some of our Mercorr Connect users.
3. Residual Waste (everything else)
No matter how hard we try, there’s just nothing you can do for some people – or some waste. Ultimately, it’s very likely that even the most environmentally conscious amongst us will produce true waste at some point. Despite all efforts, a lot of packaging and materials used in today’s “throw-away” society are still very much a lost cause when it comes to reuse or repurpose. This type of waste should be stored ready for collection and then sent for processing at a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant. In short, this process turns your waste into fuel. Yep - cooler than Ben Sherman in the 90s.
“Waste contributes more to climate change than all the volcanoes in the world combined”
We can’t expect everyone to suddenly become eco-warriors over night, but what we can do is assist individuals and businesses in their efforts to make more conscious decisions when it comes to where their waste goes, and what happens to it when it gets there.
Mercorr Connect allows you to list your waste by type and gives end users – or ‘Processors” – the opportunity to bid for your waste and let you know what they plan to do with it. It’s simple, quick and user-friendly, and we’re confident that this is going to help companies everywhere make better decisions when it comes to their carbon footprint. And, when we say “confident”, we mean Friday-nights-in-your-Ben-Sherman-shirt-wearing-Joop kind of confident.
Small changes made by lots of people can make a huge impact. And yeah, you’re right; this does sound like some kind of weird and wonderful superhero movie trailer. Mercorr Connect could almost be the next high-tech spaceship! What we’re asking is for you to do your bit to help preserve the planet and people’s health. We’re requesting that you start to think about ways that you can help save the world.
"But the real truth is this: not all heroes wear capes...Some recycle"
To find out more about Mercorr Connect (the software, not the spaceship) can help you and your business reduce your carbon footprint, get in touch with us today.