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Examining the Environmental Benefits of Portable Sanitation

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Portable toilets have a number of benefits. For example, they can be appreciated for the privacy they provide to the users, the relative safety they provide over going out into the bushes, and the environmental benefits. Let’s examine the environmental benefits of portable toilets, of which there are several.

Protecting Plants from Toxic Waste

While a single person’s urine mixed with water won’t hurt plants, a steady stream of passerby peeing on trees, bushes and grass can poison it with the excess salts and other compounds. If you provide portable toilets to your guests, they won’t destroy your landscaping by using it as a natural toilet in the mistaken belief this is good for them. A side benefit of portable toilets is that it prevents plants from taking root in places they weren’t intended, such as when vegetable seeds people ate end up passing through and being deposited in the ground.

Reducing Insect Problems

Flies are attracted to human waste. The insect problem becomes even nastier if you realize that some people have undigested food coming out of their system, attracting other insects that might otherwise ignore a pile of poop. The nightmare is the risk that internal parasites passing through a person end up in the soil before being transmitted to pets and other people through physical contact. Before you dismiss this as a dramatization, know that hookworms pass through people and end up in the soil before the next generation waits in the soil to pass through the hands and feet to infect new individuals.

Improved Public Health

Many diseases are spread through the fecal-oral route. Someone poops, doesn’t wash their hands thoroughly, and upon handling utensils or touching items others come into contact with, the germs are spread. No matter how primitive the outdoor toilet, they come with hand sanitizer, if not running water with soap dispensers. And, this is infinitely better in terms of stopping the potential for spreading disease than someone digging a hole to poop in or peeing in the bushes.

Your portable sanitation units are more than worth the cost if installed at worksites, since you’re preventing numerous sick days or simply reduced productivity because several key people have a stomach bug they picked up because they couldn’t wash their hands well enough. And you prevent bacteria from users’ guts spreading into the local swimming hole. Giardia is the most common, but far from the only one.

The Truly Broad Environmental Benefit

If you set up portable toilets to contain human waste, you won’t end up with an excess of human waste washing into drains and streams. This prevents untreated waste poisoning bodies of water or spreading diseases that kill wildlife. Remember that the diseases can spread as other animals walk through waste, even if they don’t eat it, contaminating the soil elsewhere. Then there’s the fact that containing the waste before sending it off for treatment controls the smells that neighbors don’t want to be exposed to and that confuses wildlife.

Another benefit of portable toilets is their water savings. You don’t waste one or more gallons of water per use. The older toilets in many park bathrooms may use up to six gallons per flush. If you don’t have to pull more water from the municipal system, local lakes don’t get drained as fast to meet human needs, helping wildlife. Satellite Industries, for example, says portable toilets save 125 million gallons of water every day.

Conclusion

Portable toilets save massive amounts of water and prevent the spread of diseases that harm wildlife. Usage of portable toilets prevents the spread of diseases from person to person. They control smells and waste-borne parasites, and they prevent human waste from poisoning plants in the surrounding area. This makes portable toilets both an affordable and sustainable choice for any worksite or event.

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How the Auto Industry is Lowering Emissions

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Currently, the automotive industry is undergoing an enormous change in a bid to lower carbon emissions. This has been pushed by the Government and their clean air plans, where they have outlined a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Public Health Crisis

It is said that the levels of air pollution lead to 40,000 early deaths in the UK, with London being somewhere that is particularly bad. This has led to the new T-Charge, where heavy polluting cars will pay a new charge on top of the existing congestion charge. Other cities have taken action too, with Oxford recently announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel cars from the city centre by 2020.

Eco-Friendly Vehicles

It is clear that the Government is taking action, but what about the auto industry? With the sale of petrol and diesel plummeting and a sharp rise in alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is clear that the industry is taking note and switching focus to green cars. There are now all kinds of fantastic eco-friendly cars available and a type to suit every motorist whether it is a small city car or an SUV.

Used Cars

Of course, it is the cars that are currently on the road that are causing the problem. The used car market is enormous and filled with polluting automobiles, but there are steps that you can take to avoid dangerous automobiles. It is now more important than ever to get vehicle checks carried out through HPI, as these can reveal important information about the automobile’s past and they find that 1 in 3 cars has a hidden secret of some kind. Additionally, they can now perform recall checks to see if the manufacturer has recalled that particular automobile. This allows people to shop confidently and find vehicles that are not doing as much damage to the environment as others.

Public Perception

With the rise in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is now becoming increasingly more common to see them on UK roads. Public perception has changed drastically in the last few years and this is because of the air pollution crisis, as well as the fact that there are now so many different reasons to switch to electric cars, such as Government grants and no road tax. A similar change in public opinion has happened in the United States, with electric car sales up by 47% in 2017.

Progress

The US is leading the way for lowering emissions as they have declined by 758 million metric tons since 2005, which is the largest amount by far with the UK in second with a decline of 170 million metric tons. Whilst it is clear that these two nations are doing a good job, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to improve the air quality and stop so many premature deaths as a result of pollution.

With the Government’s plans, incentives to make the change and a change in public perception, it seems that the electric car revolution is fully underway.

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Consumers Investing in Eco-Friendly Cars with the UK Green Revolution

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The UK public appears to be embracing the electric car UK Green Revolution, as recent statistics reveal that more and more consumers are making the switch from petrol and diesel to electric or alternatively fuelled vehicles. The demand for diesel fell by almost a third in October compared to last year, whilst hybrid and electric cars rose by a staggering 36.9%.

Time for UK Green Revolution Change

So, what is the reason for this sudden change? This comes down to the current situation in the UK, which has led to people embracing eco-friendly technologies and automobiles. One of the main reasons is the Government’s clean air plans, which includes the impending 2040 ban on petrol and diesel automobiles. There is then the rollout of the T-Charge in London, the city of Oxford announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel from the city centre by 2020 and various other big announcements which take up a lot of space and time in the UK press.

h2>Diesel’s Reputation

In addition to this, the negative publicity against diesel has had a huge impact on the UK public. This has led to a lot of confusion over emissions, but actually, the newest low emission diesel automobiles will not face restrictions and are not as bad to drive as many believe. Most notably, German brand Volkswagen has been affected due to the emissions scandal in recent times. It was discovered that some emissions controls for VW’s turbocharged direct injection diesel engines were only activated during laboratory testing, so these automobiles were emitting 40 times more NO in real-world driving. As a result of this and all the negative publicity, the manufacturer has made adaptations and amended their vehicles in Europe. Additionally, they have made movements to improve the emissions from their cars, meaning that they are now one of the cleaner manufacturers. Their impressive range includes the Polo, Golf and Up, all of which can be found for affordable prices from places like Unbeatable Car.

The Current Market

The confusion over the Government’s current stance on diesel has clearly had a huge impact on the public. So much so that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the Government to use the Autumn Budget to restore stability in the market and encourage the public to invest in the latest low emission automobiles. SMMT believes that this is the fastest and most effective way to address the serious air quality concerns in this country.

Incentives

One way that the Government has encouraged the public to make the switch is by making incentives. Motorists can benefit from a grant when they purchase a new plug-in vehicle, plus there are benefits like no road tax for electric vehicles and no congestion charge. When these are combined with the low running costs, it makes owning an electric automobile an appealing prospect and especially because there are so many great models available and a type to suit every motorist. One of the main reasons holding motorists back is the perceived lack of charging points. However, there are currently over 13,000 up and down the country with this number rapidly increasing each month. It is thought that the amount of charging points will outnumber petrol stations by 2020, so it is easy to see more and more motorists start to invest in electric cars way ahead of the 2040 ban.

It is an interesting time in the UK as people are now embracing the electric car revolution. The Government’s clean air plans seem to have accelerated this revolution, plus the poor publicity that diesel has received has only strengthened the case for making the switch sooner rather than later.

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