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Transcript of WASTE
In our Social Studies class, we were asked to take a social action based around a sub area of our overall topic: Sustainable Futures. Our group chose to create an educational and informative video about Waste.
When & Where does It Occur?
Human create vast amounts of waste and it can be found literally anywhere and everywhere. Here are some astounding statistics to inform you about waste all around the world.
-North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
- World wide solid waste generation rates are predicted to exceed 11 million tonnes
by the year 2100.
- Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
- Disposable diapers last centuries in landfills. An average baby will go through 8,000 of them!
- Each year American throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups. Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill.
One type of waste that is particularly damaging and has very real and horrifying consequences is Food Waste. Food waste is food that has been discarded or cannot be used any further.
The impact of Food Waste is not always financial though. It can also lead to wasteful use of chemicals, excess fuel used for transportation, and more rotting food. This creates more methane, which is a gas that contributes to climate change and is also a huge factor in the Food Crisis.
What is It?
The dictionary definition of waste is: (of a material, substance, or by-product) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process. Basically waste includes all items that people no longer have any use for, which they either intend to get rid of or have already discarded. There are different types of Waste such as: Municipal Waste (including Household and Commercial), Industrial waste (including manufacturing), Hazardous Waste, Construction and Demolition Waste, Mining Waste, Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Biodegradable Municipal Waste, Packaging Waste, End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) and Tyres Agricultural Waste
Sustainable futures assessment - WASTE
The responsibility and costs of dealing with the growing mountain of packaging, waste (such as single use containers) in New Zealand, is currently falling onto tax-payers, councils and communities.
The waste from packaging accounts for about 1/8th of the rubbish sent to landfills. Each New Zealander throws away 83kg of loose packaging every year!
What Can You Do?
Every single one of us produces waste and so we are all a part of this problem however there are a number of ways that you personally can help the waste problem including recycling, composting, reusing things instead of getting new stuff and taking responsibility for the waste you and your community produces and where it ends up. Educating others around you is also helpful and by doing these things you can help become part of the solution