Instructor’s Name: Todd Trammell
Due Date: May 2, 2016
SCI201 Unit 4 Individual Project
Municipal Solid Waste
Municipal solid waste (MSW) is more commonly known as trash or garbage.
consists of everything we put in the trash cans or haul to the dup including appliances, batteries,
paper, plastic, food, industrial, hazardous material, construction waste and much more.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the handling and disposal of solid
waste is a growing concern.
Forty percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are linked to use of material goods and
their disposal (Municipal, 2016).
I see trash being burned and taken to our local dumps but the
smoke from the fire is still in the air.
However, that can increase the risk of heart disease;
aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and emphysema, cause rashes, nausea, or
It also produces dioxins that could eventually end up in our food and waterways
In the early times, MSW consisted of ash, wood, bones, and vegetable waste.
Most of the
edible waste was fed to the animals and the other part was put in the ground where it would