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Waste! Is it really a problem?

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Waste! Is it really a problem?

  1. 1. Waste Is it really a Problem? Tina Drakou www.athenadrakou.com Friends of the Earth Southampton www.southamptonfoe.org.uk
  2. 2. What is Waste? <ul><li>Rubbish, Garbage </li></ul><ul><li>any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; </li></ul>
  3. 3. Is “waste” really worthless? <ul><li>Waste is the result of our Shopping Habits </li></ul><ul><li>Food, packaging, clothes, furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the “waste” could be a valuable resource for </li></ul><ul><li>Someone </li></ul><ul><li>Somewhere </li></ul>
  4. 4. How much we throw away? <ul><li>The UK in total produces about 400 million tonnes of waste every year . This rate of rubbish generation would fill the Albert Hall in London in less than 2 H ours . </li></ul><ul><li>U.K. Households produce over 29,7 million tonnes or the equivalent of 4 million double-decker buses. </li></ul><ul><li>513kg waste per person per annum </li></ul>(1) Environmental Agency (2) Strategy Unit (2002). Waste not, Want not – A strategy for tackling the waste problem. http://www.number-10.gov.uk/su/waste/report/01.html
  5. 5. What’s in your Bin ? <ul><li>23% Paper </li></ul><ul><li>37% Kitchen and Garden Waste </li></ul><ul><li>9% Plastic </li></ul><ul><li>8% Glass </li></ul><ul><li>6% Metals </li></ul><ul><li>17 % The rest </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Destination of Waste in the UK: 2005 Source: Economic and Social Research Council http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/facts/index29.aspx?ComponentId=7104&SourcePageId=12643 67% goes into landfill 9% is incinerated 24% is recycled/ composted
  7. 7. Where does our “Hazardous waste” goes? <ul><li>Hazardous substances </li></ul><ul><ul><li>chemical products (paints, varnish) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>garden products (e.g. pesticides) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vehicle products (batteries, antifreeze) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>household cleaners, toiletries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(disinfectant, cosmetics, medicines) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Where does our “waste” goes? <ul><li>Landfill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>toxic leachate pollute land, water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>health problems in local communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pollute water supplies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>release methane and carbon dioxide </li></ul></ul>http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/rp2002/rp02-034.pdf <ul><ul><li>Extremely High Cost for Councils </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Where does our “waste” goes? <ul><li>Incineration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxic air pollution (dioxins, nitrogen oxides, heavy metals) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxic ash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emissions from transport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permanent loss of Natural Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expensive to built </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little incentive to reduce and recycle </li></ul></ul>http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/rp2002/rp02-034.pdf
  10. 10. Percentage of Total Waste Recycled/Composted by European Country 2005 Source: Economic and Social Research Council
  11. 11. Recycling targets for Test Valley <ul><li>Test Valley recycling target - 30% </li></ul><ul><li>Current recycling rate - 22%. </li></ul><ul><li>M ore people must recycle more of their waste </li></ul>http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=5448
  12. 12. Waste Hierarchy (image reproduced courtesy of Sligo County Council)
  13. 13. Reduce, reuse recycle <ul><li>We can: </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce - materials we use and products we buy </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse - carrier bags, furniture and clothes. Participate in recycle programs </li></ul><ul><li>www.cityboard.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.freecycle.com </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle - glass, paper and cans </li></ul><ul><li>Compost - garden waste and leftover food </li></ul>
  14. 14. Smart “Green” Shopping <ul><li>Only buy what you need </li></ul><ul><li>Say NO to plastic bags </li></ul><ul><li>Buy locally produced goods </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Over- packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Support Repair Shops </li></ul><ul><li>Buy products made from recycled materials </li></ul>Consumption does not mean Happiness
  15. 15. A world without Waste

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