Waste Management: Regulating Your Trash

Waste Management

Did you know that in Tokyo there was a bar right by the waste management facility? As you drink your beer you can watch the waste management technology do its job, filtering through the trash. You must be wondering what is the purpose of this waste management bar? Why would people want to watch this? Or who thought of this idea of having a bar by the waste management? Well, the Gomi-Pit bar did exactly what it was intended to do, raise awareness about waste management. Just like this article, understanding the importance of waste management, also educate people on the impact trash has on the environment and our lives. Curious to know more about waste management and this unique bar? Keep on reading to find out more!

Gomi-Pit Bar: Raising Awareness

Gomi-pit Bar: Waste Management bar
Image Source: City of Musashino’s Offical Website
The local governing Musashino city in Japan decided to raise awareness of the amount of trash that is produced and educate people about the waste management system and the effect trash have on our environment. It was a temporary event and people were selected through lottery system to be able to watch the trash go through the disposal process. As part of the experience, the visitors would tour around the waste management facility, understanding what happens to the trash after disposal. With the machineries, one could easily see the filtering of the different types of trash. Not only did this experience showed people how waste management worked, it also raised awareness and inspired people to reconsider how the disposal of waste and how much waste they are producing. Now with the newly built Musashino Clean Center (waste management facility), you can visit it to understand the process of waste management and learn more! If you are interested in a more detail article all about the experience of the Gomi-Pit bar, here is the article!

What is waste management?

If you are still not sure what waste management is here is a simple definition:
Waste management is the collection, transportation, and disposal of waste.
However, the term waste management is actually a very broad term, as it also includes process of recycling, incineration, reusing of waste and many other aspects. Depending on the place, every country or even every local government have a different system of waste management. In addition, public waste management and commercial waste management sometimes are separated too. Waste management helps us regulate and manage waste that might ends up in the environment as pollutant or cause pollution and it is also a way to know how much waste we are producing. Waste management is a big part of our everyday life, with waste management, the city can be kept cleaner, take care of the environment and the overall city atmosphere.

Why is waste management necessary

Waste management is very important. Every single day, you produce a certain amount of trash and waste, that includes sewage and so on, so imagine there was not management of all the trash you produce and then think about all the other people on earth. Places would be filled with trash and waste everywhere and it can be quite dirty and very unhygienic. Waste management is needed to help us control and manage the amount of waste we produce daily. To keep the place clean, however, some waste management methods are actually causing more harm, such as air pollution, and destroying lands with landfills. With better waste management and understand of waste, we can reduce the problems such as air pollution from incineration, excessive amount of waste at the landfills and trash ending up in the ocean.

Types of Waste Management

There are different ways to manage the waste, such as solid waste and liquid waste are done very differently, but both are very important. In addition, depending on if it is commercial waste or public waste, there are different faciliaties used to manage. Depending on the different type of waste, solid, liquid, organic, or recyclable, there are different procedures. For example, solid waste are often incinerated to reduce their size, however, the ashes and gas produced in this process can cause air pollution. While inefficient or illegal dumping of liquid waste can cause polluted river, lakes and ocean. On the bright side, organic or biodegradable waste can be breaked down and used as nutrient for agriculture. In addition, with the technology, there are special types of bio-plastic that can be broken down and produce bio-gas that can be repurpose to energy and the remainants can become fertilizer. While commercial and public are different because commercial waste are often much more controlled or needs special prodecure in terms of transportation and disposal.

Understand Your Trash

Waste Management: Filtering through your trash
With deeper understanding of waste management, we can further understand the impact we have on the environment through our trash. Understanding waste management is just the beginning of understand how we can reduce our waste to help protect the environment. The different actions we can take to reduce the burden on the environment.
Find out more about waste management and the challenges we are currently facing. Or find out more about the amazing waste management technologies there are to help us keep our earth clean.

Resources:
Osumi, Magdalena. “Trash Talk: Tokyo City Opens Bar in Waste-management Facility to Spark Environment Debate.” The Japan Times. Web. 05 Feb. 2021.
“Waste Management – Definition and Examples – Biology Online Dictionary.” 17 Sept. 2020. Web. 05 Feb. 2021.
               
Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!