Monday, April 27, 2015

What Role Does the Weather Play In the Decomposition Process?

Decomposition of organic material is basically the breakdown of the material as it rots and decays. There are two basic types of decomposition: aerobic and anaerobic.

Aerobic decomposition utilizes oxygen in the breakdown of organic material such as in the process of composting. Anaerobic digestion, also called fermentation, is the breakdown of organic matter completely absent of the presence of oxygen, as in the creation of biogas and biofuel.

Weather plays a huge part in the decomposition process. Arid conditions drastically affect the rate at which organic material breaks down.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Will My Trash Driver Go Through My Trash?

When we discard unwanted items in the trash, we expect that they will end up in the landfill to rot

According to, "Dumpster diving is legal in the United States except where prohibited by local regulation. According to a 1988 Supreme Court Ruling (California vs. Greenwood), when a person throws something out, that item is now the public domain.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What Is Solid Waste Management District?

Solid Waste Management Districts (SWMD) have a whole range of responsibilities and are a wealth of knowledge for county residents. 

Programs offered by a SWMD can range from Earth Day events, Electronic Waste drop-off days, shredding events, and even holding things like "Trash to Treasure" contests and events for "America Recycles Day".