Waste accounts for one tenth of all the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide and the number is on the rise. Yet it is one of the easiest and simplest targets for emission reduction. Putting a stop to landfilling prevents the formation of methane gas, which is one of the worst GHGs. The way to achieve this is seeing waste as a valuable commodity, not just rubbish. Recycling it to raw materials and energy creates millions of jobs globally, while protecting the planet.
Protecting the Nature
Poorly managed landfills and dumpsites continue to pollute the air, soil and groundwater for decades after they are closed. Simultaneously, they are an underutilized resource pool waiting to be recycled. Protecting the nature by stopping the landfilling of new waste and emptying the existing landfills will eradicate disease-spreading pests, rodents and vermin. This, combined with decreased pollution levels, will also improve the health of local population.
Building Sustainable Societies
Adopting the 3R Principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) will help create sustainable societies. Its level of consumption reflects the environmental and resource balance. It assures its citizens equality, freedom and a healthy standard of living. The pursuit of unending population and consumption growth is not sustainable environmentally, socially or fiscally on our finite planet. We must balance the long-term interests of individuals, communities within our natural world.