The Waste Management Expert
Waste Management Issues:
Canada produces more garbage than any other country in the world. The average Ontarian annually creates about 385 kilograms of waste. One of the main reasons that this statistic is so high is that we aren’t sorting our waste properly. Waste is generally sorted into 3 main categories, garbage, recycling and compost, not a lot of options and yet we continue to place this in the wrong place. 40% of the world’s waste is sent to landfills alone, but they cause pollution to the local areas. The more waste that is created the more incineration that takes place, between that and landfills, toxic substances are created and methane is emitted into the air taking part in global warming and harming us. One of which being methane that is emitted into the air and is 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, created only when organic materials are decomposing. Typically when we think of how to manage waste we go to the thought of recycling, yet only approximately 60-80% of it is actually recycled, the rest are disposed of as regular trash and are usually incinerated, releasing toxic fumes that are harmful to humans and the environment. Environmental issues of the situation are destruction of habitats, pollution of surface and groundwater and contaminating air, soil and water. If this continues Mississauga will cease to be a green environment and will turn into an all-around dumpsite, especially since municipal Canadian governments spend approximately more than $1.8 on the collection, transport and disposal.
How is the situation unsustainable?
For years people have not been sorting out their waste as thoroughly as they should. Recently there has been a new system set in place to sort waste into 3 categories: recycling, garbage and compost. Yet some people still don’t follow it properly or are confused with the categorizing. With enough people not fulfilling this requirement the amount of waste being put in the wrong area will start damaging the system. Living in an urbanized city exposes us to a certain lifestyle of having more opportunities at generating more waste. For example, unnecessary amounts of packaging placed on products. As said before, 40% of waste is transferred into landfills. This method takes up large amounts of space and if we do not start trying to minimize our waste then more will be created in place of what couldn't have been more recreational sites that are environmentally friendly.
How do you make Mississauga more sustainable in terms of waste management?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlQepFhRV8w This video shows you one of the more potential ideas of future waste management. By utilizing underground space we are conserving it above. Keeping it underground doesn’t affect pollution as greatly as the above ground landfills and dumps since it has less exposure to air. The sturdy metal containers are made up of generally the same steel and other metal materials, however have a greater mass. Reusing the filled landfills space to create a new recreation like golf courses. Instead of tearing down nature, covering a landfill with artificial grass and creating it into an operational pastime. The local Brae Ben Golf Course was previously a dumpsite, but later reformed in 1995. These reformed landfills and dumpsites not only conserve space, but also benefit the environment.
The Transportation Planner
Transportation Issues in Mississauga
Transportation, it’s one of the major problems Mississauga faces. Solving an issue like this requires great dedication. We have walked around the city observing every part of the streets and have noticed the following issues that are currently holding Mississauga back from developing:
Cars, they’re everywhere, we realized that most of the citizens prefer personal transport rather than public transport which results in more traffic, more pollution and the prices of cars increasing
Transportation influences the amount of energy we use, and since most of the citizens of Mississauga have personal transportation. this causes more consumption of energy, and since most types of transportations work by the use of fossil fuels. we are wasting too much of it
Despite the overuse of transportation, Mississauga has definitely been improving since early 2013 in the air quality excreta and Mississauga 2.0 hopes to help improve it 10 times faster!
How are these issues unsustainable?
The overuse of transportation can harm the environment in several ways. Since most types of transportation run on non renewable resources, more greenhouse gases are being released into the air which cause issues to our city and worse, the planet. More people with personal vehicles equals a lot more traffic, this way the the time for an ambulance to reach the hospital or the firetruck to reach a burning building would be much slower.