It’s amazing the amount of waste that is created in the practice of caring for and healing people. The healthcare industry, including physicians offices, dental offices, hospitals, rehab facilities, and urgent care offices, just to name a few, creates a staggering amount of waste each year.
Hospitals in the U.S. produce more than five million tons of waste annually
That’s the equivalent of 25.1 pounds of waste per …
Organic waste is probably what we’re most familiar with in our day-to day lives. The leaves you rake in your yard, the banana peel you throw out each morning, or what you clear off your dinner plates each evening. Organic waste encompasses any waste material that comes from plants or animals and is biodegradable.
According to the US Composting Council, organic waste is the largest trash component and makes up …Continue Reading
You may have heard it called waste-to-energy, energy-from-waste, or energy recovery. Used interchangeably, they all describe the waste management strategy of using non-recyclable materials and converting them into useable heat, electric or fuel through combustion. The waste-to-energy process generates renewable energy and off-sets the need to create energy from fossil sources. It also works to reduce carbon emissions and reduce methane gas from landfills.
Waste Management Hierarchy
It is important to understand the …Continue Reading
E-waste is a category of hazardous waste that is made up of the electronic devices you have around your home or office. This includes computers, laptops, cell phones, iPods, printers, televisions, stereos, toasters, blenders and microwaves, just to name a few.
As we continually upgrade to the latest technology, most of these old devices are tossed away, and this is causing problems. When electronic waste is left to break down …Continue Reading
When you think of hazardous waste, do you envision drums of oozing liquid covered in skull and cross-bone stickers? That image certainly can fall into the hazardous waste category, but hazardous waste can be created by almost any industry or manufacturing process. There are other types of hazardous waste that you may not realize are a danger to our health or our environment. Pesticides? That one most people know. …Continue Reading
From a young age we’re taught the fact that the Earth is made up mostly of water. Seventy-one percent to be exact. It seems as if water is a truly abundant resource. But the fact that many of us don’t readily know, is that only 1% of that total is fresh water, suitable for consumption.
While an average American household can use around 350-400 gallons of water …Continue Reading
We’ve long ago learned the motto: Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse. And it’s easy to apply on a personal level. Using a refillable water bottle instead of plastic, bundling your newspapers and cardboard for recycling, or even refurbishing old furniture or electronics. But when we take a look at our workplace and the waste stream created within, it can seem like a more daunting task.
No matter what industry you’re in, …Continue Reading
ERC is the largest residual waste processing facility in the Mid-Atlantic Region, handling millions of gallons of residual waste every year.
“We’re in waste, but ERC’s big end goal is to have zero waste end up in landfills, and …Continue Reading
The new construction industry generates an average of 3.9 pounds of construction waste per square foot of a building. For a 2,000 square foot home that equals nearly 8,000 lbs of waste. For a 50,000 square foot mid-size office building, almost 100 tons of waste will be produced. If the project includes demolition, the same 50,000 square foot building will result in almost 4,000 tons …Continue Reading
When you’re tackling a home improvement project or a spring clean-up, the amount of unwanted trash you accumulate can surprise you. Residential curbside trash & waste removal can make it difficult to get rid of your waste, with limits on the number of bags and over-sized items you can put out each week.
Roll-off dumpsters are perfect for situations where you’re accumulating a lot of trash all at once. Delivered …Continue Reading