The commonly accepted waste hierarchy is not working and two centuries of the ‘take-make-waste’ ethos are degrading the health of global ecosystems.
Waste is a mix of valuable materials, or embedded energy, ‘but’ in the wrong hands, wrong place or wrong time. Waste more often than not arises as an output of inefficient processes or a lack of planning and preparation in using and consuming materials and products. With landfill becoming less viable and new treatment technologies becoming available, an increasing number of waste streams can be reused or recycled as a substitute for virgin material or converted into energy.
Obviously, not producing waste in the first place would reduce the management burden (environmental, economic and social), but just because something is a waste does not mean it has no role/value.
The real issue is to educate waste producers about the value inherent in waste products, off-cuts and residuals from consumption and production, and to encourage them to play their part in segregation to ensure materials are available and accessible for value recovery… something International Synergies NI can help you with this year. However, once waste is produced, and waste will always be produced to a certain extent, however rich or poor we are, it is a resource. Perhaps we are not taking full advantage of this resource, but this does not make it any less valuable.
Stop being a take make waster and contact us to become a make use returner.