Where and how waste is treated and disposed has a long-lasting impact on the environment. The use of landfills as a waste management tool exacerbates problems such as greenhouse emissions and groundwater contamination. In fact, municipal solid waste landfills alone release an estimated 27.5 million metric tons of carbon equivalent, accounting for the third-largest human-generated sources of methane emission in the US.1 Additionally, industrial facilities in the US produce about 7.6 billion tons of industrial solid waste each year.2 However, if businesses and individuals utilize eco-friendly practices such as the Zero Landfill concept, which encourages the reuse and recycling of waste, we can protect and save our most valuable resource—our environment.
LEL Environmental is committed to employing responsible environmental management of waste through the Zero Landfill practice. Through a wide array of waste management services and products that encourage the redesign of waste life cycles, in most cases, less than 1 percent of the trash is sent to landfills.
LEL Environmental Zero Landfill options provide:
- Environmentally friendly alternatives that support green initiatives
- Cost savings through a decreased need to replenish raw materials
- Compliance with federal and state regulatory law
- Opportunity for capturing revenue channels from the production of new goods from wastes (e.g., biofuel, compost, etc.)
With more than 15 years in the waste management business and a commitment to a high standard of ethics, LEL Environmental uses industry experience, knowledge, and state-of-the-art technology to develop customized waste management programs for both hazardous and nonhazardous wastes.
Did You Know?
Several Fortune 500 companies have embraced the idea of Zero Landfill with great results. These companies realize that we must start making our planet a greener place.
How can a typical landfill trash not go to a landfill? One option is to send municipal waste materials to a “waste-to-energy” facility where the trash and biomass wastes are destroyed through combustion.
According to the Department of Energy there are currently 90 waste-to-energy plants in the U.S., burning 14 percent of our country’s solid waste. The electricity produced by these facilities supplies almost three million homes. For each 1,600 pounds of trash burned, about 45 cubic feet of landfill space are saved.