Solid waste is a significant part of global warming. Although solid waste management and recycling has improved globally in recent years, the best waste is always the waste which is not generated. In many cases this means buying less goods, sharing more, repairing and reusing. To support reductions in material use, there are increasing efforts to support local repair infrastructure through apps which publicise local repair shops or the development of fix-it clinics. Changing individual attitudes to second hand goods has been attempted through activities such as second hand fashion shows or developing textile care workshops.
In addition, increasing the number of recycling points through cooperation with establishments with high footfall such as hotels, workplaces, businesses and shopping centres is helpful in lowering the amount of waste sent to final disposal. Other ways of reducing waste include the establishment of refill or zero waste shops (here are examples in Thailand and the UK. In Southeast Asia water refill stations have also started to be established, helping cut down on the number of plastic bottles being thrown away by the many tourists. Zero waste campaigns are also starting to spread out and some local governments such as Kamikatsu in Japan have managed to establish a zero waste solid management structure.
What are we missing? Are there other waste reduction projects or campaigns that you know about? Are there policies in your country, region or city to enable reduced or zero waste? Do you know about or are you involved in projects in your community, school or business that are involved in reducing waste?
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