Waste not, want not!

Waste recycling
From linear to circular economy
Household waste

The general rule is that the purer the form in which a material is present the easier it is to recycle.

So, how well are we all doing in terms of generating and recycling household waste?

Table 1: GDPs and waste handling rates of European countries

Correlation between economic power and waste.

Landfill waste

Why is this the case?

So, where’s the rest of the waste?

A typical waste incineration plan

it is not the best option, and not in terms of a country’s CO2 balance.

How can we reduce our waste?

The way to do that is to follow the waste hierarchy, i.e. avoid waste, reuse things, repair things, and dispose of what is left and cannot be taken care of in other ways.

Buy products that come in as little packaging as possible,

Buy products that come in single-material packaging as opposed to in compound materials,

Buy (where such alternatives exist) in zero-packaging shops, and

Sort your waste properly into the bags or bins or various colours (because it helps the waste sorting stations run smoothly & efficiently).

Waste not, want not!

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Co-Fonder of Trianon Scientific Communication. Expert in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development for profitability— www.science-by-trianon.com

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Dr. Audrey-Flore Ngomsik

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Co-Fonder of Trianon Scientific Communication. Expert in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development for profitability— www.science-by-trianon.com

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