Waste Management may not be the most glamorous topic but it plays a vital role in maintaing harmony in urban areas. Without an effective system cities would stink and harbour vast numbers of diseases and pests. Ther is an interesting BBC documentary entitled- Toughest Place to be a binman, click here to learn how waste is managed in the developing world.
The DEFRA website sums up the nature of waste creation and this recent article from The Telegraph explains how plans to fine households who do not deal effectively with their waste do not go far enough.
There are a variety of options that cities follow, here are a few examples. This article from India explains the situation neatly
This explains how the local Borough Council view waste collection.
Recycling is a very important part of managing waste, it is now being taken to a new level in Brighton with the creation of Britain’s first house made entirely of rubbish. Read more here.
It is not impossible to make a living from garbage, as proven by Cairo’s Zabaleen. This article from 2005 outlines their lifestyle. But in recent years their existence has been threatened the New York Times describes why.
A certain amount of the waste from the developing world is now shipped to less developed countries to be broken down and reused or sold. However, the methods used often release harmful chemicals that threaten the health and environment. This article from the National Geographic summarises the situation in a variety of locations around the globe. By contrast EARP is a scheme established by Cambridgeshire Council to encourage the safe recycling of electrical items.
A world without waste- WRAP
Explore the WRAP website. They were set up in 2000 to help recycling take off in the UK and to create a market for recycled materials. As understanding grew that ‘waste’ is actually ‘stuff with value’ and that wasting resources made no environmental or commercial sense, governments across the UK increased efforts to tackle these issues.