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Have you ever noticed where the 2.08 billion trash we produce annually ends up after being collected from our homes, factories, and other garbage sites by the garbage man?

Despite everyone’s wishes of living in a healthy, and clean environment, we produce a huge amount of trash every day. Most of us think that it’s the end of trash after throwing it away or being picked up by the trash collector but the rubbish produced by us travels a long journey before ending up. As much as 60% of the total waste contains organic matter which directly ends up in fields. 

Before the arrival of the final destination, your trash takes a rest on several stops. So, don’t think it’s the end of the deal when you have selected a Fairfield trash company. A lot happens to it before it reaches its destination.

A brief detail of your trash journey from throwing by you to landfills is listed below.

Collection and Transfer of Trash 

At the initial step, the trash is collected from the houses, road bins, garbage sites, and from all the places by the garbage men. After collecting it is transferred to transfer centers. These centers provide the facility to store the garbage temporarily.

In these transfer centers, the garbage is denser and prepared for further processing. Once it is ready to transfer it is loaded into giant size trucks which take it to the next stop.

Separation of Recyclables and Trash 

From transfer stations, the trucks loaded with all types of trash are sent to material recovery facilities which are responsible for the separation and storage of recycle-able materials from the trash.

MRF’s are of two kinds clean and rubbish. Clean MRF proceeds with the recycle-able material that is collected from domestic trash and business sites and in better conditions. Dirty MRFs, on the other hand, deal with recyclable objects that are badly mixed up with trash.

Different technologies including magnetic and electric current separators are used to separate the iron-containing and non-iron objects from the trash. 

Recycling Centers 

The recyclable material separated by the material recovery centers is delivered to centers where they are recycled for reusing purposes. At recycling centers, the paper, plastic, iron, and other metallic materials are separated. Plastic materials are put near-infrared lines to sort out various kinds of plastic.

From dumping the usable objects which are of good quality like, vehicles, books, wooden items, and other stationery are sent to stores notable for buying and purchasing of second-hand objects. Similar materials are placed together. They are then prepared to transform into new objects.


Almost 52% of the trash ended up in landfills. landfills are only responsible for the storage of garbage not degrading it. The fluids from garbage are collected by the arrangement of drains and pipes in a crisscross manner. Landfills comprise several layers covered with plastic sheets.

When a layer is being filled with trash it is cover-up with a flexible sheet of plastic. Now the trash is allowed to decompose to make it possible with the lowest impact on the environment. The process of trash decomposition takes place slowly in the deoxygenated environment.

Waste to Energy plant 

According to regional conditions, the trash of some areas is sent to plants where different types of energies are produced by the burning of waste material.

Gasses produced as a result of the burning of organic trash are filtered to separate harmful chemicals before mixing up into the atmosphere. The heat produced by such power plants is used for the production of energy.

Composters and Incinerators 

About 35% of solid waste mainly containing the trash from food and agriculture industries ends up into compost. The basic duty of a composter is to reuse the trash and convert it to agricultural fertilizers. 

12.8% of the solid municipal waste is handled by giant burning furnaces termed incinerators.   

The temperature of the primary chamber of such furnaces is 1800 Fahrenheit which has the ability to turn every type of liter into Gas form and lower the volume of trash by 95% as a result the issue of space shortage in landfills will be resolved. The heat produced during the whole process is utilized in the generation of heat and electricity.

This brief discussion demonstrated that how much time and resources are consumed to recycle or dispose of the waste. So, it’s our moral duty to do our best to reduce waste production at the domestic level. To play your part, use biodegradable products.

Also, hire a junk removal company that follows responsible, eco-friendly practices. For example, if you live in Fairfield, you can hire 3 Kings Hauling & More. It is a renowned junk removal and hauling company that disposes of trash in a safe and efficient way.