4 Poop Pollution Facts Every Business Should Know
Poop is good for the environment. However, in large amounts that aren’t properly dealt with, poop pollutes the environment. For thousands of years, humans have been trying to find a way to deal with the enormous amount of waste we create, while keeping the environment safe. For businesses, this should also be a big concern, so here are four facts about poop that mustn’t be wasted.
1. Poop Pollution Has a Long History
When humans were hunter-gatherers who lived off the land and didn’t settle anywhere, the waste they produced helped to nourish the soil in the same way other animals’ waste nourishes soil. We were once another natural part of the nitrogen cycle and carbon cycle. Our man-made fertilizer was a net-benefit to the environment.
Then came the Agricultural Revolution and the rise of human settlements, ancient civilisations and, eventually, cities, empires and modern-day nation states. From the first day we began to settle down around 15,000 years ago, our ancestors immediately noticed a problem: the poop was starting to pollute. It’s for this reason that sewer systems were developed as far back as Ancient Rome.
Jump back 150 years ago and the Great Stink of London is gripping the nation. It was an event caused by the dried sewage of the Thames baking in the sun and causing a stench so foul that historians made a point of writing about it. This historical turning point was followed by the Sanitary Movement and the development of sewers and effluent plants across the world.
However, with the global population continuing to grow, poop pollution continues to be a problem, as we are once again faced with the issue of dealing with more poop than our current sewage systems can handle. This is something to bear in mind when your staff are producing wastewater like there’s no tomorrow. Speaking of which…
2. Your Staff Produce a Lot of Poop
It’s might be an uncomfortable thought, but it’s a realistic one. The greater the number of staff you have and the more time your staff spend at your workplace, the bigger your responsibility.
First of all, it may surprise you to discover that the average person produces 158 litres of wastewater — per day. That figure doesn’t just include poop. It also includes urine, toilet flushes, washing machine water, shower water, dishwasher water and any other used wastewater. Still, to a sewage system, it doesn’t matter, as it all goes to the same place.
Now, let’s say that your staff spend 22% of their week at your work, based on the 37.5 hours a week the average British person works, and that your staff consists of 150 people, which is the magic number for businesses. Those figures mean that your staff would produce 38,465 litres of wastewater at your workplace every week. Over the course of a year, your staff could fill over five-and-a-half Olympic-sized swimming pools with the wastewater they produce at your workplace. If you have more than 150 staff, or if you make them do a lot of overtime, that figure could be closer to six.
3. Doing the Bare Minimum Is Not Always Enough
Knowing how much waste your staff can produce, it’s fair to assume that you’d take every precaution to make sure that you are not polluting. However, not every business does do this. After a recent Glastonbury Festival, it was discovered that the sewage treatment systems they had in place were not enough. As result, human waste from the festival was found to have polluted a nearby river.
4. Each Business Requires a Different Solution to Poop Pollution
For the 35% of Irish businesses or the 25% of American businesses not connected to a public sewage system, on-site sewage treatment systems are a must. While saving money might be a tempting option, this isn’t an area where you should be trying to do so. If your septic tank doesn’t have the capacity to deal with your staff’s wastewater, you’ll quickly regret it.
In this case, it’s most definitely better to have extra space and not need it, than to need extra space and not have it. This is why big, on-site concrete septic tanks are such popular choices for businesses. Their sheer size can accommodate for between 50 and 500 workers. If you want your business to grow, it’s important to know that your septic tank’s size isn’t limiting you.