“More than recycling” – managing our waste

“With waste continuing to mount up, tacking the problem head-on is crucial – otherwise, the environmental impact it provokes will have further consequences for the planet.”

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Recycling was one of the top issues brought up when politicians talk about ‘action to beat climate change’:

“More than recycling” – the new government’s green agenda – Vision Group for Sidmouth

It is indeed a matter of ‘more than recycling’ – as, ultimately, this is all about how to reduce waste.

And locally there are things we can do – for example:

SolarPunk and e-waste – doing it locally – Sidmouth Solarpunk

SolarPunk and food waste – doing it locally – Sidmouth Solarpunk

In order to understand how to reduce waste, we need to understand the processes a little more.

Again we can act locally and can ask the local authorities about how waste is dealt with:

Where does East Devon’s plastic rubbish go? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Plastic Processing – Freedom of information

And we can ask the bigger questions about how waste is dealt with.

Here are the headlines from an excellent overview of the issues – looking at how the issues are ‘more than recycling’:

How Much Do We Waste? A Data-Driven Guide to Waste and Landfills

Waste is a global issue. From electronic devices to unused food, a lot of what is thrown away ends up in a landfill. While concerted efforts are being made across the globe to incorporate recycling initiatives, these endeavors can quickly go astray when rubbish isn’t handled with the correct care and attention.

This comprehensive guide takes a closer look at the question posed in the headline: how much do we waste? The article also details where it ends up, how recycling and other solutions can help with the problem, and how businesses can manage waste. With waste continuing to mount up, tacking the problem head-on is crucial – otherwise, the environmental impact it provokes will have further consequences for the planet.

How Much Do We Throw Away? 

If this waste isn’t correctly managed, there’s ultimately only one destination it will end up: a landfill.

Waste statistics

Where Does Our Waste Go?

Landfill

Landfills have come a long way since they were simply large open dumps for waste to be tossed into. These days, sanitary landfills exist, which help prevent numerous problems that traditional landfills caused – such as toxic chemicals and gases contaminating the surrounding soil, groundwater, and air.

Recycling

The majority of waste can be recycled. 

How Much Do We Waste? A Data-Driven Guide to Waste and Landfills

   
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