It’s a typical day. You throw your candy wrapper into a bag that sits in your garbage can. When the bag is full, you reluctantly carry it outside to a larger can or dumpster where it will sit waiting for the local garbage man. Once he arrives, he takes the trash and, after collecting from all over the town, goes to the nearest landfill, and dumps your lone candy wrapper to meet thousands of others.
This municipal waste pickup system has been around ever since the Industrial Revolution. Disregarding the introduction of trucks and plastic garbage cans, the emergence of transfer stations, and the 1976 program to recycle cans, not much has changed in the waste industry since the 1820s.
As you can imagine, the world would be a disgusting place without the garbage man. For many, dumping waste in the most convenient location was common practice. For years people burned waste, fed it to animals, buried it, and most commonly, tossed it over their shoulder. Some cities became buried, and built over the waste, and others pioneered new ways to save their cities from vermin and disease. Recycling began as a necessity and ended up in present day as a responsibility to the environment.
Everyone generates waste, and everyone wants to get rid of it. From disposal to deposit, trash has always been regarded as trash. The current system, the only system, has fit all of our needs thus far because it seems to be the simplest solution. But simple does not always mean it is the best solution.
There are companies out there rethinking the system. They represent the future of the waste industry and are the ones to look out for. They aim to not only improve the current system’s efficiency, but will transform the system into something we could never have imagined, all while protecting our health and our environment.
Many argue that we have relied on the trash companies for so long because there are no other options. But in reality, there are many new players in the field who are looking to challenge the old-time waste system its just that no one has stopped to look at them growing. While waste haulers sit tight, believing that no one can come in and challenge their industry, smaller, more efficient businesses are coming in to take control.
Waste management companies take heed your industry is about to get a complete overhaul and it’s about time.