All of us are familiar with recycling and are aware of how much of the recycled materials is ending up in our landfills or being burned. (City of Phoenix has announced a plastics burning program as an alternative to recycling the plastic). Composting is a process that diverts trash from our landfills and replenishes our nutrient and mineral-depleted soil while reducing the production of Methane and Nitrous oxide gas. By creating an awareness of the different everyday use products, including restroom products as a viable base for composting, we lay the foundation for a cleaner healthier tomorrow.
Eliminating one metric ton of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere is the equivalent of removing 113 gallons of gas from being consumed or 21% of a single passenger car’s annual usage. Eliminating one metric ton of Methane (CH4) from entering the atmosphere it is the equivalent of removing 9,718 gallons of gas from being consumed or the equivalent 18 passenger cars’ annual usage.
Lasting Change = Understanding
Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are called greenhouse gases. The EPA has identified four gases that they believe contribute the most to climate change. Of the four gases, three exist naturally in the atmosphere; in proper balance, they are essential to maintaining the equilibrium of our planet. The fourth gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are man-made. “In the last 60 years, carbon dioxide levels have increased at a rate 100 times faster than previous natural increases, such as those that occurred at the end of the last ice age 11,000-17,000 years ago.” Based on EPICA (European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica) Ice core data indicate that the CO2 level for the past 800,000 years has been below 300 ppm. In 2017 that changed; CO2 levels reached 405.0 parts per million.
Studies show that MSW(municipal solid waste) facilities are the third largest producers of methane (CH4) gas.
Eliminating one metric ton of Nitrous oxide (N2O) from entering the atmosphere is the equivalent of removing 33,900 gallons of gas from being consumed or 63 passenger cars’ annual usage.
Nitrous oxide(N2O), one of the three greenhouse gases, is naturally present in the atmosphere as part of the Earth’s nitrogen cycle. With the atmospheric levels remaining constant for over 800,000 years between 230-273 ppb. In 2017, Nitrous oxide levels exceeded 331 ppb. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide in absorbing radiation with a 114-year life cycle. Agricultural soil management is the largest source of Nitrous oxide emissions in the United States, accounting for about 73.9 percent of total U.S. Nitrous oxide emissions. Chemical fertilization is considered the main contributor to the 15% increase in Nitrous oxide emission levels.
Understanding the cycle
Unfortunately, the overuse of nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizer creates a condition known as “soil crust.” Soil crust increases soil runoff into streams, lakes, and the ocean. The nitrogen-rich soil results in the creation of toxic algae-blooms – like the one in Lake Erie in 2014 that caused Toledo, Ohio to shut down its tap water system. The overgrowth of this algae will eventually die and decompose, consuming the oxygen in the water and asphyxiating animal life. This process of eutrophication is responsible for over 400 hypoxic zones “dead zones” worldwide. Every spring, one of the largest dead zones forms in the Gulf of Mexico in 2018; the dead zone reached the size of the state of New Jersey.
“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Compost is increasingly being recognized as a critical tool in revitalizing the fertility of the soil without the use of chemical fertilizers. Soil rich in minerals and nutrients is the building block for a healthy immune system.
Sustainability = Health
Individual ecosystem macro-ecosystem
Viewing the human body as a micro-ecosystem enriches our understanding of how connected and dependent our life is to the many micro and macro ecosystems we encounter and interact with directly and indirectly throughout our everyday lives. Expanding that concept of living organisms as micro-ecosystems constructs a deeper understanding of how a small ecosystem like an individual honey bee’s interaction with its many ecosystems is critical to keeping our ecosystem (our body) in harmony and balance.
The impact of human-caused climate change is not universally excepted as such confusion exists.
Improving productivity levels will improve an organization’s success is universally excepted.
Our ASTEW service approach produces measurable improvements in productivity gains. ASTEW allows a business to focus on what is universally agreed on while creating a footprint reducing continuum that turns the confusion into an organizational multi-tiered benefit.
According to the EPA, the average American disposes of 4.4 to 4.7 pounds of nonhazardous solid waste every day. The average American office worker disposes of 2.2 to 2.5 pounds of nonhazardous solid waste every day while at work.
For every 200 office workers, over four tons of trash is disposed of monthly. According to this EPA, 60 to 80 percent of the trash generated daily in an office is paper and paperboard based. For every ton of paper/cardboard that enters the MSW system, one ton of methane will enter the atmosphere.
- Employee Baseline Interview
- Employee Inservice
- Employee Quarterly Interview
- Increased Productivity (Delivered)
- Micro-Hygienic Support Service
- Positive ROI (Delivered)
- Presenteeism Reduction (Ensured)
- Quality Control Verification
- Source Reduction
- Surface Testing Baseline
- Surface Testing Quarterly
- Enhanced Cleaning Efficiency
- Improved Custodial Efficiency
- Inventory Control (TTS)
- MSW Diversion
- MTCO2E Quarterly Reporting
- Targeted Net-Zero Waste Stream (Commenced)
Our Symbiotic module incorporates all of the Fundamental module. Providing all the services and benefits that the Fundamental module establishes while enhancing the sustainability benefits, our ASTEW system is uniquely designed to provide. The Symbiotic module introduces a comprehensive cost effect non-food compost recycling program designed to divert non-hazardous solid waste from landfills through a low cost or cost-neutral integrated method.
The Symbiotic module introduces our Inventory Control Program: Our integrated module provides our clients with accurate tracking of your everyday use items. This module lets you know if your inventory is in holding (warehouse) on the shelf, in use, or on the way to the compost center.
Our service begins with an evaluation process we produce for our clients a comprehensive employee survey that establishes the current level of presenteeism impacting the client company productivity levels.