Denver is known for being a city that is forward-thinking when it comes to how they handle their waste removal. Recycling of not just food and waste products is common but also of clothing and other materials that are typically not viewed as the average waste item to be recycled are no longer thrown into a dumpster and hauled off to a landfill. Not only that, other instances concerning our planet and environmental issues have arisen. Recently citizens in various communities have been vocally speaking out about drilling and oil and gas operations being conducted so close to the city of Denver and other homes in Colorado. South of the city in Douglas County, plans for an expanded landfill have been thrown out with the trash thanks to community concern. Waste Connections wanted to add 125 acres to their area landfill, but that bid has been shot down. Which brings about a moment where should stop and think.
Better practices need to be taken into consideration when it comes to handling refuse in the proper way. If you are working on a home renovation or you are a contractor at a job site and you rent a dumpster, be sure you know where that Denver dumpster rental will end up after you are finished with it. The community has put their foot down when it comes to waste becoming a burden and overtaking the natural wildlife that Colorado is known for throughout its beautiful state. Refuse being handled improperly shouldn’t be causing these habitats to shrink. There are better alternatives and means of handling the debris that avoid ruining or destroying the homes of people and animals alike.
While money is typically the driving force behind what gets things accomplished, especially when major waste hauling and oil companies are involved, sometimes all it takes is a coordinated effort from the public to make enough of a splash for the corporations to back down. Unfortunately, that means they will typically just go elsewhere, but hopefully some of them will stop and think. Think about how there are quickly becoming many different ways to handle creation of energy and disposal and storage of waste. Not everything that powers our country needs to come from the ground and not everything that we toss into a dumpster or trash bin needs to end up there either.
I hope this doesn’t come across as a meaningless rant and more as a call to arms for someone to do something, anything. It doesn’t matter how simple it is. Make the world a better place, for yourself, for your kids, for the hybrid human-robots we have in the future. All it takes is a little gumption and we can truly make a difference. Know where your trash is going, deal with companies that handle your waste responsibly, whether that’s the refuse going into your home trash bin or into a massive roll-off dumpster. The point is, being a little more conscious can go a long way. And it’s not just cities like Denver and Boulder that are accomplishing this, as we’ve seen from the residents of Douglas County, it is happening across the state and across the country (specifically the West Coast). We just need that final push for everyone.