Waste in Space: Things You Might Not Know

If you think that you can only find wastes in the neighborhood, then you are wrong. You can also find wastes in space. Do you think aliens scattered and dumped those wastes in space? Of course not because it is not really easy to say that aliens are for real. Therefore, human beings are also the ones leaving wastes on the Earth’s surface.

These wastes that human has left in the space are old stuffs, such as satellites and spacecraft; rockets and disintegration, collision or eroded fragments. The wastes vary in size, but what if these fragments or debris are as big as our planet, then how would you dispose it? The wastes of space also decays, but it takes time. And then, what if these wastes fall to Earth? This issue is not a hoax, so the experts concerned will do something to avoid such problems.

Facts about space wastes or debris

Pretty sure that you are aware about how far we are from space. This is the reason why we can’t hold the stars and the moon. So, if there are wastes in the moon, we can’t simply collect them to properly dispose.

Actually, we need to be aware about this because when a collision happens, fragments or debris might fall anywhere on our planet. Anyway, we have here a list of the wastes or debris that are found in space.

  • Spacecraft or Satellites

Scientists and experts from various registered and known organizations from different parts of the world launched spacecraft and satellites in the space. When this gets old or non-operational, they stay in the orbit and can even remain there for centuries. Only time can tell how long they float in space, but sooner or later they will get burn.

Have you heard about the Vanguard 1? The United States launched this satellite in 1958. It was said that it will take 240 years for this satellite to stay in the orbit. This is actually the oldest among all the space objects that ever survived and still in the Earth’s orbit.

  • Equipment

There is also equipment in the space that got lost. Do you that a glove was even found in the space? Ed White, who is an astronaut owns this lost glove. A camera was also found, which is a property of Michael Collins. Another found object is a thermal blanket from the STS-88. There are even garbage bags found from the cosmonauts of Soviet. Believe it or not, even a toothbrush, pliers and a wrench were even found in the space.

  • Booster or Rockets

When rockets are launched, an upper stage of the rocket breaks and creates various effects in the space, resulting in debris formation. For example, the Long March 4 CBERS-1 from China launched in 2000 created a cloud of debris after the explosion on the upper stage. Another booster exploded in 2007, which is from the Briz-M of Russia.

Different boosters and rockets were launched from time to time. A part of the usual process is the separation of the upper and lower layer. But, explosions and malfunctions happen. Therefore, they caused debris and waste in the space.

  • Weapon

Various organizations and establishments from different countries launched anti-satellite weapons or ASATs. The testing has left debris in the space, so this activity was ended. But, it was later on restarted. Due to this testing in 1985, a satellite was even destroyed. The government of China was even condemned because of the military implications and the huge amount of waste and debris from the anti-satellite missile test in 2007. A spy satellite was even destroyed in 2008 due to the SM-3 missile launched by the United States.

The Dangers of Asbestos Waste

Asbestos minerals are composed of six different types of occurring minerals. Composed of durable fibers that are heat, fire and chemical resistant, it enters the body through breathing. What most of us don’t know is that asbestos minerals are not harmful unless it releases fibers in the air where we ingest or inhaled it.

asbestos fibers

For instance, asbestos-containing floor tiles, cabinet tops or fire door will not release harmful fibers into the air unless they become damaged or deteriorated. Physical impacts such as drilling, sawing, grinding, striking, cutting or hammering them may release the fibers.

The asbestos could also be disturbed due to natural disasters like tornadoes, flood or hurricanes. Hence, it is crucial that the first responders in times like this know how to handle asbestos materials to reduce the spreading of the fiber.

Health Effects and Hazards

Perhaps you have heard the term “friable”; it is when the asbestos is most hazardous. It is when it’s easily crumbled by hand that releases fiber in the air.

Once the asbestos fiber entered the body, some of it will stay in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose, and some may pass deep into lungs or digestive tract if swallowed. It is when the problem occurs. Too much exposure to it can lead to lung cancer, pleural mesothelioma or asbestosis.

Asbestos is widely used in many homes and establishments until 1980. Flooring, insulation, siding, shingles and ceiling tiles of old houses and building are most likely to contain asbestos minerals. Thus, if there are demolitions or home renovations near you, make sure that professional workers handle it and not just by the homeowner to prevent health hazards.

Proper Disposal of Asbestos Waste

Whatever asbestos waste it is, make sure to deal with it with great care. If your home or building was built in the 1980s, its attic insulation or piping insulation might contain asbestos materials.

While asbestos does not instantly introduce itself as a health hazard, once it gets disturbed or damaged, it poses a great risk to people’s safety and health as its fibers tend to flaked off and become airborne. It can be transferred from one place to another as it tends to lingers on clothing items and shoes.

In case of asbestos emergency, follow the tips below.

  • Wear disposable clothing and gloves before having an immediate contact with the asbestos material.
  • If you have to remove an asbestos material, wet first the product or item with water, placed it in a garbage bag and completely seal it. Label it so that it won’t get mixed with other trash bags.
  • Do not dispose it anywhere but only to the designated landfill for asbestos-containing materials.
  • Most importantly, contact local authorities to ask for instructions on what is best to do with this type of waste.

For major renovation or demolition project, we highly suggest that you consult an expert to perform accredited testing for asbestos. They would make recommendations for safe containment and disposal of the affected materials and monitor the proper removal of asbestos waste.

How to Make Compost

Compost is one vital element in creating fertile soil and improving its structure and friability. Contrary to what others think, this is not a tedious task. You will only guide the natural process if decomposing organic wastes such as kitchen and garden scraps. While the process is simple, it requires sufficient organic materials.

How to Do It

First, know that there are two types of composting: the hot and cold. In hot composting, you get compost in 1-3 months when the weather is warm. This method is ideal for serious gardeners while cold compost is simply collecting organic wastes such as dry leaves, garden clippings or shredded papers and gathering them in a bin or pit.

  1. You should have at least 3-feet deep pile of materials. Experts suggest that we create 4-8 inch thick layers of alternating brown materials (coffee grounds and filters, bark chips, straw and shredded paper) and green materials (fresh and dried leaves, eggshells, plant clippings and kitchen scraps) to have an even composition.
  2. Next, cover it with soil, nitrogen-based materials then another layer of soil. Repeat the process until the pile is 2-3 feet high.
  3. Make sure that the pile has the consistency that of a damp sponge by watering it regularly. However, don’t overdo it otherwise, the microorganisms will drown and rot the pile instead of composting it.
  4. Do not add dairy products, meat, and animal manures. If the pile emits a foul odor, flip the compost to provide more oxygen to it.
  5. Oxygen is another vital element in decomposition thus, turn the pile once a week using a garden fork to allow it to “breathe.” You can also check if the pile is decomposing through its temperature. Hot compost can reach 49-77 degrees Celsius temp. It is also the best time to stir up the pile as it helps in cooking it faster. It will also prevent the pile from developing a bad odor.
  6. With enough moisture and time, the pile will decompose and will dry, turn brown and crumbly.

We suggest you build your compost bin to help contain your pile. You can create a simple square or round structure using a fencing wire. Make sure it is 3-feet wide and 3-feet deep to allow the materials to heat up properly. For the corners, you can use untreated metal or wood posts and wrap the wire fence around.

Since we are after decomposing organic materials, just use basic containers that can hold all the ingredients together. The key here is well-ventilated. Your compost bin should be able to retain heat and moisture for efficient results.

Make sure to place the pile where it can get as much heat as possible. Putting it in shady places will slow down the process. In cold compost, you will use the same ingredients. However, it will take a year and more since it is passive composting.

While composting will not guarantee your fortune, it is the most efficient process that will help you achieve healthy, productive soil and bountiful harvest. Surely, it is so worth the effort and time.

Taking Advantage of Verge Collection Time

Verge collection time is once a year every state. It is the time where local councils collect bulk waste to help residents keep suburbs neat by discouraging illegal dumping of unwanted bulky household goods.

verge rubbish collection

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. During this time in communities’ people can get unwanted property from other people. It is a good time to give to other people and at the same time clearing their homes. In every household in Australia there are about 20 gadgets in use and every year there is a release of new versions. These are not easily disposable during the time but during verge collection these gadgets can be passed on to other people. A couple of years ago I managed to score myself a computer and single bed mattress during this time and helped save a lot.

During verge collection, it is a perfect time to clean up your house and store room. Most people store unwanted things during the year in their store rooms and these are often congested so this is a great time to clear them. It also allows one to clear the environment of any clutter hence making it safe especially for people with young children.

It is often expensive to dispose of nay large property such as beds and cookers. So, verge collection time is a great opportunity to dispose such things. Large properties also cannot be disposed through the normal bins as there is a limit regarding the weight of the bin and they should not be filled to the top.

80 percent of the things collected is made of material that can be recycled or reused. Recycling will save the environment for future generations and will help reduce the amount of natural resources to be extracted as material can be used repeatedly.

Every council have different dates for collection and this can be found on the websites and people should be aware of this so they can be prepared and take out their waste within the correct time. Generally, people should take out their waste a week before and not earlier or later giving it time to be collected. Verge collection is cost effective as you do not need to pay anything for collection and disposal. The councils are responsible for this. The councils also dispose the waste is the best safest way for the environment.

Why Hiring Skip Bins is Hip!

Rubbish are not normally associated with being trendy right? No way! But what if I say that we can make it hip! You see, when something is trendy – it catches on like wild fire. It will then turn into a habit that will be beneficial to our planet earth. Going straight to the point, I am talking about skip bin hire (links to a local Perth bin hire provider). In particular, how hiring skip bins at regular intervals can turn your home into a spotless and attractive place to live.

Now imagine if the whole neighbourhood picks up your habit, how clean would your street be? Not to mention the value of your house skyrocketing!

The advantages of hiring a skip bin are endless. Below are some of the positives of hiring a skip bin:

Efficient Waste Disposal

Skip bins comes in a variety of sizes, but even the smallest will still be a lot bigger than your average household wheelie bin. This mean getting a lot more waste in the one go. Space out the frequency of throwing waste out will go a long way that you would ever imagine.

Cost Effective

Hiring a bin may seem like a burden to your pockets, but if you consider the fee charged at your local rubbish tip – you will appreciate how cost effective hiring a bin could be. Just do the maths. Calculate the cost of hiring a bin and compare it against hiring let say a trailer and entrance fee to the tip. You’d be surprise how much savings there are to be made. Especially if you have the unusual waste such as asbestos.

Licensed for Dangerous Waste

As mentioned above, the disposal of certain type of waste such as asbestos requires special care. Skip bin hire companies are required to have a valid license for disposing such waste. What does it mean for you? Well to put it quite simply, you don’t have to worry about knowing how to handle such waste since they will dispose of it for you, the safe way!

The benefits mentioned above are not the only ones. There are many other reasons why it would be a good idea to hire a bin.

Since we briefly talked about how good it would be if the whole neighbourhood got into the action. Why not make a start on it this month! Go out there and hire a bin!

Local waste and recycling information: https://www.perth.wa.gov.au/living-community/waste-and-recycling-services

You’re Talking Rubbish!

Have someone told you that you’re talking rubbish? Well I must admit that people have said this so many times to me.. more that I’d like to admit. But to be honest with you, I don’t really care! Why you may ask? Well if you even cared to see what my blog is all about, then you will know exactly what I mean. Yep, my blog is all about rubbish. So I will literally talk about rubbish, even if you don’t think I’m talking garbage. Hope you know what I mean 🙂

On a serious note, I am passionate about preserving this world of ours. I know what you’re thinking… another greenie right? Well you can call me that if you like, but as long as you support in my lifelong journey of cleaning this world that we live in and providing the cleanest place for our future generation. If you have kids, than it should be easy for you to relate. Even if you don’t have kids, you can at least appreciate the message that I am trying to get across to my readers. People like yourself.

Talking about greenie; I believe you don’t have to be tying yourself to a tree or barricade the next ship coming to shore. Though if that’s what you want to do, then I can’t really stop you right? We can clean up this world through developing good habits in our day to day life. For example, plan your next spring clean by disposing of the unwanted junk around the house. For the stuff that is too good to throw away: sell it! See what I mean? You can even make money while cleaning up your place of residence.