Whether it’s a mattress, an old appliance or construction debris, when you’ve got something you need to trash, it’s not always as easy as throwing it in the weekly pickup. Large items need special care in order to be taken away — and, more than that, they need intentionality in their disposal if you want to minimise their resulting impact on the environment. That means, when you want to dispose of something but don’t know how to do it, you need a basic understanding of where and how to get rid of goods.
Is it possible to dispose of goods without contributing to the 220 annual tons of waste generated in the United States? What do you do with items that won’t fit into regular trash pickup? The answer to these questions lies within the field of waste management.
The Green City Index completed by Siemens – a global leader in engineering and technology services – provides a unique assessment, comparing cities in terms of their environmental performance as a whole. 30 individual indicators are measured touching a wide range of environmental areas, from waste management and greenhouse gas emissions to water consumption and public transport.
Though cities can be assessed on their own green efforts, it’s difficult to compile a definitively ranked list – as each cities faces it’s own issues while working towards their own goals. It is easy however to see which cities are putting in the effort and setting an example for others to follow.