Waste generated in my own home
Andrew Connor Cowan
What is the amount of waste produced by my household
Over 42 million cubic meters of standard waste is generated every year in the united states, with the largest proportion coming from Gauteng (42%). Furthermore, more than 5 million cubic meters of harmful waste products are produced each year, usually in Mpumalanga and KZN due to the increase of mining activities and fertilizer development.
The amount of waste materials generated by the average South African is ± 0. 7 kg's. This means the average 4 person people produces ± 2. 8 kg's each day. But the most significant contributors to the stable waste stream probably is mining waste products (± 72. 3%), accompanied by pulverized energy ash (± 6. 7%), agricultural misuse (± 6. 1%), urban waste (± 4. 5%) and sewage sludge (± 3. 6%).
Estimated decomposition rates of all debris within landfills are:
[shape 1. 1 in appendix 1]
The percentage contribution of every waste products stream to the composition of general waste materials is illustrated in Amount 1 [Appendix 3]. Non-recyclable municipal waste material contributes 34% (by weight) of the entire general waste, development and demolition throw away, 21%, accompanied by metals (14%), organic and natural waste 13% and mainline recyclables (including paper, plastics, glass and tyres )(18%). See reference page Ref. . . . for sourcing
My family produces a average amount of waste material.
The goal of this test is to see and record my homes daily waste technology and compare it to the common waste development of the average South African family.
I have to say that my results are inconclusive because my findings fluctuate and I was unable to undertake more exams.
To improve my results I'd Extent the assessment period to about least 5 calendar months instead of 3 weeks to see if the results change relating to season
My household recycles ± 95% of all of its recyclable materials and everything organic and natural materials are either given to the animals or are thrown onto a compost heap (apart from bones)
My family will soon institute a policy of reducing the quantity of Non-recycleable materials purchased
Figure 1. 1: Johannesburg city landfill
The following desks support the results of the experiment all measurements are in kilograms
Figure 3. 1 [The waste composition for basic waste products, 2011 (ratio by mass), other, which is principally biomass waste from industrial options) ] See reference page Ref 1 for sourcing