Waste Management DubaiScott Woodfield
Waste Management Solutions in Dubai Discussed by SET
High demand for food products and other essentials is directly contributing to the rising amount of littering and generated waste. The impact of food waste is evident in cities across the globe with governments and other bodies looking for solutions to reduce the amount of food waste that is being generated. The environmental impact of food waste is extensive with a whole range of environmental implications being associated with different types of food waste. Action is required at every level of the food chain to actively reduce the amount of food waste that is produced and individuals and businesses all play an important part in this regard. In this article, we will discuss the various types of food waste that is being produced globally as well as how steps can be taken to reduce this waste. If you are interested in finding out more about waste management in Dubai or are looking for solutions regarding your recycling in Dubai then contact Sustainable Environmental Technologies today or call our team now on: +971 (2) 6222 621
Environmental Impact of Food Waste
There are further implications of food waste worldwide that are more extensive than physical waste being transferred to landfill sites. For general waste that is dispensed in waste and public bins, there are issues caused by vermin, insects and bacteria which can cause disease. Flies for example that are attracted to your home can drop their offspring, carrying salmonella. Food waste causes air pollution whilst also causing respiratory diseases. Direct inhaling of contaminants can cause adverse health effects. Carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane are by-products of organic waste which may also be inhaled. These greenhouse gasses are also harmful to the environment and are a contributor to global warming. The direct handling of waste by waste disposal workers can also expose workers to infections and disease. Individuals who are having to dispose or deal with overflowing waste are also at risk from animals feeding on the waste to intestinal infections caused by flies. Liquid waste can negatively change the chemical composition of the water. This is technically called water pollution and this affects all ecosystems that live in the water. Fish and other animals that drink the water are particularly susceptible to being affected by this water pollution. When visiting or living in a city, everyone wants the city to be clean and healthy.
Taking Action Against Food Waste
Food waste occurs at every stage of the human food chain. According to a study conducted by the FAO 54% of the world’s food waste occurs ‘upstream’ during production, post-harvest, and storage. About 46% happens at the processing, distribution and consumption stages which demonstrates that reduction of food waste needs to occur at every stage of production, storage and consumption. The global volume of food wastage is estimated to be 1.6 billion tons of “primary product equivalents,” whilst total wastage of edible food is at 1.3 billion tons. Compare this to the amount of total agricultural production (for food and non-food uses) which is about 6 billion tons and it’s apparent that changes need to be adopted. Steps can be made to reduce food waste that is produced at source by pursuing composting solutions for food waste and by implementing infrastructures that aim to reduce the amount of waste produced at the production stage. For vegetable production, alternatives can be sought for the heating of greenhouses as regular fruit, vegetable and starchy root farming, in general, has low GHG emissions. Fisheries contribute carbon dioxide emissions from diesel engines and the burning of fuel. Meat and dairy products directly contribute to CH4 and nitrous oxide emissions. CH4 emissions occur due to livestock digesting feed and nitrous oxide as a by-product for producing fertilizers.
Implications of Dangerous Gasses
The November edition of our blog looks into the implications of dangerous gasses as well as why we need to take action against these dangerous gasses.
Although we have talked about the environmental impact of food waste and the gasses that are produced, we are yet to touch upon the dangerous chemicals that are being released into the air from human-caused pollution. These gasses have a range of health implications as well as making living spaces unbearable and unpleasant. The risk that these gasses pose to children and other members of society is also greater when they are being exposed to these chemicals. Carbon Monoxide or CO is one of the more toxic gasses that is produced or is a by-product of a range of human pollution sources. CO can be omitted by welding, cigarettes, portable generators, cars & vehicles, kilns and boilers as well as other primary sources. This gas, when omitted, can cause CO poisoning which has a range of symptoms (similar to that of the flu.) These include fatigue, nausea, breathlessness and visual problems. Extended exposure to CO gas due to the CO gas being dispensed into an unventilated area can even cause death so this is a very dangerous gas. Identifying the sources of CO gas and understanding these sources is a great way for us to reflect on the issues of CO gas well as create a solution to dealing with this potentially deadly problem.
What are the Main Causes & Sources of CO Gas?
One of the more common sources of CO gas occurs from the incomplete combustion of organic fossil fuels. These include coal, gas and oil and this is also responsible for many cases of non-fatal CO poisoning. Usually, the combustion process releases C02 as a by-product when oxygen is added to the fossil fuel. If there is a lack of aid within the combustion process then Carbon Monoxide can also be produced. Another common source of CO gas could be a faulty appliance and this generates CO gas in a similar fashion. Other potential sources of CO gas include broken appliances, extensions that reduce ventilation, having dangerously installed heater appliances as well as using heaters or barbecues indoors. Damaged or faulty appliances are preventable due to the fact that you can have your appliance repaired or looked at. You are also able to ensure that your heaters are serviced and that dangerous sources of CO gas are not used to turned on in the home. Known as the ‘silent killer,’ Carbon Monoxide has no smell, taste or color. It is impossible to detect without a Carbon Monoxide alarm or testing equipment so it is imperative that you have a CO alarm installed to protect your home from this poisonous gas. In the business or commercial sector, it’s more important than ever to take action against the harmful gasses that are being produced. Acting against these harmful gasses being released into public places is becoming more and more important.
SET’s Solution for Food Waste
Utilising SET SmartCara and Reddonatura is a way in which you can directly tackle the amount of food waste that you produce in your home. This is a vital way to tackle the amount of waste that is produced and reduce the largest amount of waste that households produce. SET SmartCara is the perfect solution for household use as this composting machine uses carbon filters to eliminate bad odors. Food waste is added to the bucket of the machine and then water is removed from the food waste producing a compost that can be used in your garden or burned. Reddonatura is a smart, innovative way for businesses and residential areas to reduce the amount of food waste that they produce. SET offers a technology which reduces food waste by up to 90% and the residue (10% left) may be used as a high nutrient organic fertilizer. This commercial organic waste recycling machine can come with capacities of: 2kg, 10kg, 20kg, 25kg, 75kg, 125kg, 500kg, 1000kg, 1250kg and up to 10 Tons. A bespoke or customised unit can also be created should you require this. We need to act now and together in order to reduce food waste. Should you be interested in finding out more about waste management in Dubai or if you require innovative recycling ideas in Dubai then ensure that you contact the team at SET today or telephone us now on: +971 (2) 6222 621