Since the waste quantities all around the world are constantly increasing, designing better waste management systems and improving the existent ones becomes an imperious task, if a more sustainable living is to be attained.
This page will focus on the very important steps that are to be taken when designing a waste management system, as well as the improvements that can be brought to the fore.
First and foremost, when imagining and designing a waste management system, two of the most important aspects that need to be covered are the transpiration and storage of the actual waste. By having proper transportation and storage for the waste, multiple risks and hazards can be successfully avoided, thereby making the waste management safer and more environmentally friendly.
Depending on the location of the waste sources, a collecting scheme needs to be implemented. This needs to account for the distribution of the waste sources in a given town or settlement, and should assign a number of containers for several waste types, in accordance with the local material characteristics. Once a solid collecting scheme has been implemented, the most efficient transport and travel route needs to be identified in order to maximize efficiency and offer the best possible solution for collecting and transporting waste.
The quicker the waste is brought to the storage compounds, the better, since the time spent in containers can prove to be detrimental, especially when dealing with hazardous waste.
In close connection with the transportation of waste is the containment and safety assurance during the travel time. Making sure that all the safety regulations are met is very important, as this can vary greatly for different waste types.
Last but not least, the storage facilities need to offer ample volume for increased productivity scenarios, thereby eliminating the potential risks of running out of storage space. This calls for preemptive measures, including building the facility with risk and hazard assessment, always having in mind the possibility that accidents and unforeseen situations can, and will occur.