Landfills to Convert Emissions into Electricity

May 11th, 2017 by rosario

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The EPA Recruits Landfills to Avoid Climate Change

Climate change seems to be one of the many hot topics these days, especially from the perspective of the United States Environmental Protection Agency – better known as the EPA – which works tirelessly, day in and day out, to avoid the issue from getting any worse. As the EPA encourages the government, people in power and the average citizen of this country to become increasingly aware of this serious issue, it recently has turned to America’s landfills and waste removal professionals to help keep the future of our planet safe. The EPA’s guidelines will turn our trash into a newfound source of energy, and actually contribute to getting rid of climate change altogether.

Climate Change: What It Is

It’s exactly as it sounds: Climate change is the rapid modification of our earth’s climate that we never expected to happen so fast, resulting in disruptive impacts to the climate patterns that mold our natural ecosystems. This harmful change has come from levels of rising carbon dioxide, and other gases that trap heat, that have passed through the atmosphere. These gases have warmed the earth, caused sea levels to rise, melted snow and ice, have brought on more extreme fires and droughts, and caused even more extreme storms, floods and rainfall. As predicted by environmental professionals and scientists, these negative impacts brought on by climate change are only going to continue – and in some instances, get even worse – if we don’t do something to stop it. Without the proper help, our health, forests, freshwater supplies and other natural resources are going to become truly damaged, and diminish our lives – and planet – as we know it.

Latest EPA Guidelines

In July 2016, the EPA officially released a newly revised set of guidelines, with the intention to improve climate mitigation strategies and efforts. These guidelines brought in landfills throughout the country as another party into the mix, primarily because large areas of waste disposal emit a serious amount of carbon dioxide, methane and other toxins, known as landfill gas. Unfortunately, nearly 20 percent of methane emissions – derived from humans – come from our landfills, so it was long overdue for the EPA to step in and start buckling down on the waste disposal areas.

How Landfills Are Helping  

Under these new EPA guidelines, landfill owners are now responsible for deriving their own mechanisms to prevent carbon dioxide, methane and other toxic gases from being released into the air around us. The EPA is making this possible by putting a new threshold in place, which is currently set at 34 megagrams per year of non-methane organic compounds (NMOCs). Ultimately, the EPA hopes to see a reduction of about 290,000 metric tons of methane a year by 2025, which is about 7.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Landfill Gas is Converted into Energy  

As the idea behind the EPA’s guideline details, landfill gas can actually be captured and converted into a legitimate energy source – a brilliant solution to the climate change issues brought on by the smog and harmful toxins that landfills emit. Using a variety of wells and a blower/flare system, the landfill gas is extracted from a landfill. The components that make up such a system include a well, wellhead, collection piping, treatment/blower/flare station and a flare. Doing so takes the gas into a collected, central point, where it is processed and treated. The gas is then flared, used to create electricity, and replaces fossil fuels in both industrial and manufacturing operations. The landfill gas also can be turned into pipeline-quality gas and used as an alternative to vehicle fuel. There are a few options for converting the landfill gas into energy, including electricity generation, direct use, cogeneration and alternative fuels.

A Small Price to Pay  

Since releasing their new guidelines, landfill owners around the country are known to be a bit conflicted regarding the EPA’s policy. That’s because the technological means of preventing the harmful gases being released into the environment can prove to be a bit costly – especially when it comes to the size of the landfill. Regardless, Cali Carting Inc. – a full-service solid waste and recycling company located in Kearny, New Jersey – is proud to get behind the EPA’s guidelines, and support the move to reverse the harmful impact climate change has brought about.

Garbage Disposal Services in New Jersey

At Cali Carting, we provide roll-off containers for waste and recyclable materials to our contractor, business-owner and homeowner clientele, with same-day service available in most areas that we serve. We strive to complete our commitment to deliver the most environmentally friendly service, while working with our customers to help them achieve their sustainability goals. Please contact our office at 201-991-5400 if you think you could benefit from our services.

Why Garbage Chutes Are Essential to Apartments

May 11th, 2017 by rosario

 

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The Importance Behind These Garbage Disposal Technologies

Garbage chutes are extremely common to large apartment and condominium buildings, and it’s easy to see why. These methods of garbage disposal are really practical for residents and employees who use them, minimizing their time and effort, and maximizing their ability to keep the place they call home clean. Garbage chutes are mechanisms that consolidate trash from each floor of a building – or select floors of each building – via a chute, allowing all trash to collectively compile in a singular location. Garbage chutes are essential to apartment buildings, and make for an effective way to dispose of trash.

They are environmentally friendly.

As any garbage-disposal professional can tell you, dealing with garbage requires a lot of safety precautions – and for obvious reasons. Thankfully, when you have a garbage chute at your apartment, handling the trash in the midst of disposal is a lot safer for both the men and women who live in the apartments, and the solid waste and recycling company that gets rid of the accumulated trash. Once the trash is placed down the garbage chute, the people who live in the apartments decrease their potential for dealing with harmful insects, pests and other busy rodents who like to come in contact with the trash. It also significantly improves the quality of air, as getting rid of the garbage via a garbage chute means that it is not piling up on the floor on which they live, eliminating disturbing odors. Most importantly, germs from the garbage are contained elsewhere, instead of the place in which the apartment residents live.

They make it easy for residents to dispose of trash.

Getting rid of trash in an apartment has never been easier, thanks to the simple structure of garbage disposals. Regardless of whether apartment inhabitants are able to access the garbage chute on every floor, or specifically marked floors, disposing of their trash is completely painless and hassle-free. The garbage chute uses a long tube that is built into the interior structure of the apartment building, attached to openings on the floors of the apartment for the residents to access. Once these men and women have tied up all their garbage bags, all they need to do is drop the bags down the designated garbage chute. These garbage bags run down the chute, and travel until reaching the main dumping area where all the trash is gathered. Usually this is on the lowest level of the apartment building. There the garbage bags roll straight into the garbage dumpster or roll-off container that is used to get rid of all the trash.

It’s a simple way to organize a massive amount of garbage.

For apartment building owners and management staff, it can be pretty overwhelming to deal with the collecting and sorting of trash – especially if the apartment building they’re operating is a high-rise, or simply larger than the average. In apartment units that do not contain a garbage chute, the maintenance workers and apartment managerial staff are responsible for picking up their residents’ garbage bags on every floor, a tedious task that takes away a lot of time and energy from their already jam-packed days of labor. However, collecting the trash from those who live in the apartment is only one element of the sorting process. Similarly, apartment buildings that don’t use a garbage chute make staffs transport the pounds and pounds of garbage to a singular area by hand. Organizing and compiling the garbage bags come next, which must be moved – by hand – to a roll-off container or dumpster. This strenuous process is made easy with the assistance of garbage chutes. Additionally, in those eco-friendly apartment buildings that provide a separate recycling service, this organization becomes second nature, as apartment building owners can make sure that there is a chute specifically created for the removal of recyclable materials.

Contact a Solid Waste and Recycling Company to Improve Your Garbage Removal Process

Garbage chutes clearly make for an efficient, simple and safe way to transport, collect and organize garbage and recycling that apartment dwellers need to throw away. Aside from installing the garbage chutes – and deciding where those will be located throughout the apartment building – those who manage apartment buildings must also decide who they are going to trust when it comes to removing the massive amounts of collected trash and recycling. At Cali Carting Inc., we are able to provide our apartment building clientele with a variety of dumpster sizes, meeting the needs of every customer we have. Contact our full-service, solid waste and recycling company by calling 201-991-5400. We look forward to hearing from you!

What is Illegal Dumping?

May 4th, 2017 by rosario

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A growing problem in this country that is not limited to any one area, is illegal dumping. While illegal dumping seems to be just one type of dumping, there are two different forms of illegal dumping that have become increasingly problematic. Below are the two main types of illegal dumping and what they consist of in their entirety.

The Types of Illegal Dumping

Unauthorized Dumping

●      Authorization Needed

If you want to put anything into a dumpster you need to have full authorization to do so. If you do not have the proper authorization to place debris inside of a dumpster, it is considered illegal dumping. Most people who use this form of illegal dumping do so in order to avoid renting or paying for their own roll-off dumpster. The people who partake in illegal dumping ignore the environmental issues with it because only certain types of debris can be placed in dumpsters.

●      Avoiding Costs

Another major reason why people partake in unauthorized dumping is to avoid the costs of their own dumpster. It is also possible they are just not educated on how to properly dispose of waste so they throw their waste wherever they choose. If one is to be caught dumping waste without authorization, there is serious legal action to follow.

Midnight Dumping

Midnight dumping is the term used to describe when people put waste and debris in unauthorized areas. These areas include both public and private land.

●      Time of the Dumping

The reason for the nickname of this type of the illegal dumping is the timing of the dumping. Most of this type of illegal dumping is done at nighttime, hence the nickname midnight, under the cover of darkness. Midnight dumping has a negative effect on the environment and the quality of life for not only animals, but also the humans in that area. Parts of the environment most affected by dumping include the very waterways you get water from.

●      Illegal Landfills

One of the outcomes of midnight dumpsites is that they can turn into what are known as illegal landfills. The problem with these types of landfills is that the garbage attracts rodents and decreases any value that the land previously had. These illegal landfills also commonly include hazardous materials because it is much easier to dump these materials at night under the cover of darkness. It is an easy way to dispose of hazardous materials, that usually require a meticulous process to disposing them because they are so dangerous.

Dumpster Services in New Jersey

While there are different types of illegal dumping that people partake in, there are also plenty of legal options to disposing of your waste, such as legally renting and utilizing a dumpster. There are plenty of different dumpster services available to rent such as 10-yard, 15-yard, 20-yard, 30-yard and 40-yard roll-off dumpsters. Roll-off dumpsters can be properly used to dispose of any types of construction debris, demolition, cleanouts and furniture. Cali Carting in Kearny, New Jersey has all of these dumpster services and more. We can also provide your cleanup needs with route services and compactors. Cali Carting is a New Jersey market leader in municipal trash collection. To learn more about us and the dangers of illegal dumping, contact us today.

What Not to Use Your Dumpster For

January 6th, 2017 by rosario

While dumpsters can be used for multiple waste and recycling projects, whether big or small, there are certain things for which a dumpster cannot be used. Most of the things for which dumpsters cannot be used pertain to any sort of toxic or hazardous waste. The types of waste listed below cannot be put into dumpsters as waste. There are alternate ways to dispose of those types of waste.

What Cannot Go Into a Roll-Off Dumpster

Electronics

This includes mainly all televisions, radios, computer equipment and smartphones. Electronics, in general, contain a lot of dangerous chemicals, especially once disposed. Most electronics contain lead, mercury and PVC plastic, all of which are dangerous chemicals that can possibly leak into the environment, depending on the disposal process. There is actually a term for this kind of waste, e-waste, because of how popular electronics have become and the dangerous nature of the chemicals involved.

Paint

The chemicals that are found in different types of paint can affect the environment and living things in those environments. Oil-based paints contain extremely hazardous materials and are not allowed in dumpsters. The reason these are so harmful and cannot be put into dumpsters, and therefore exposed to humans, is because the chemicals are known to cause cancer, as well as other life-threatening diseases. There are some paints however, such as Latex paint, which are non-hazardous and can go into dumpsters.

Tires

Old and used tires can actually be repurposed for many different things, such as making new roads and any sort of pavement. It is very common to see parts of tires or old tires on the sides of roads, but those should not be put into dumpsters. Old tires should be recycled for reuse and other beneficial things, not just put to waste.

Fuel/Oil

Both of these items are probably the hardest for which to find the proper disposal process. Most people who try to dispose of oil and fuel do so in quick and easy ways that eventually make it even worse in the end. Dumping it down the drain or putting it into a dumpster are common examples. Oil and fuel can clog sewage systems very easily, as well as leave stains on anything. Additionally, it takes a few years for fuel and oil to fully and properly break down. Instead of hoping for a quick fix by disposing of your fuel and oil improperly, do research on where and how to dispose of it.

Herbicides/Pesticides

Herbicides and pesticides do have beneficial usages, such as helping plants grow healthy and strong. Also, pesticides keep creatures and pests away, hence the name. While it is very beneficial for plants, it can be very harmful to humans, according to recent studies. Pesticides and herbicides can cause mental disorders and diseases in humans. Much like oil and fuel, you should do more research on how to dispose of herbicides and pesticides properly.

Asbestos

These groups of minerals bind together and act as harmful chemicals, especially when not disposed of properly. You should not put asbestos into dumpsters because it has negative effects on human health. Asbestos was previously used in industrial and residential areas because of its resistance to heat, electricity and fire. Homeowners are legally allowed to remove asbestos from their homes, but it is better to hire a professional for proper disposal of these harmful minerals.

Roll-Off Dumpsters in New Jersey

While you cannot use roll-off dumpsters for the products and chemicals listed above, there are plenty of beneficial uses of dumpsters. These can be used for large or small projects involving concrete, asphalt, brick, dirt, yard waste, wood, scrap metal, cardboard and much more. If you are looking to rent a dumpster in Northern New Jersey, contact us at Cali Carting for the best prices on roll-off dumpsters in the area.

What is the Pacific Gyre and Why Should You Care?

December 20th, 2015 by rosario

 

The Pacific Gyre consists of a broad expanse of the North Pacific Ocean. This area is where 3 major ocean currents converse, creating a oceanic desert due to the rotational movements of the seas. Because there are very few fish in the area, it is usually avoided by fishermen and sailors. Within the last twenty years, something even more startling than the biggest fish in the ocean has been discovered within the Pacific Gyre: the world’s largest landfill.

Envirocon

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The world’s largest landfill is actually floating in the Pacific Ocean, filled with millions of pounds of trash and plastics. The mass of garbage is actually separated into two main patches. The Eastern Pacific Garbage patch floats between Hawaii and California, and the Western Pacific Garbage Patch will floats between Japan and Hawaii. Scientists estimate at the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch, the one located just miles from US shores, is nearly two times as large as the state of Texas.

This garbage patch presents a serious risk to marine life, the fishing industry, and tourism. Because plastic doesn’t biodegrade, as it floats in the oceans, it breaks down into smaller and smaller fragments. This process, called photodegrading, leaves these small fragments of plastics floating throughout the upper hundred feet of water. The plastic fragments are often referred to as mermaid tears.

Algalita

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Marine life is directly affected by the trash in the Pacific Gyre because many species will ingest the fragments of plastic, confusing it for food. The Albatross, a large bird commonly found throughout the Pacific Ocean, loses almost 50% of their young that are born on islands surrounding the Pacific Gyre. Research has found that the majority of the young bird’s deaths are the result of being fed plastic fragments.

At this point, most would simply say “Use a bunch of nets and clean it up!” Unfortunately, that option would not be effective to begin to remove the trash from these floating garbage patches. Due to plastics photodegrading properties, the majority of the plastic in the Pacific Gyre is in tiny fragments. Attempting to run nets to clean this up would cause damage to other marine life, since the nets would need to be so incredibly fine to pick up the particles that it would scoop up any other organisms in the water at the same time.

It’s estimated that over a million birds and marine animals die each year from consuming or being caught in plastic or trash debris. While the Pacific Gyre and the world’s largest dump may be thousands of miles from New Jersey, our actions can have a direct effect on the amount of plastic waste that ends up polluting the Earth. Take time to look at how much plastic that your family consumes in the average week, and come up with a plan on how to reduce that amount through the use of reusable containers, responsible shopping, and a thorough recycling plan for the home.