The objective of today’s waste management strategies throughout the world is to move away from reliance on landfill towards the direction demanded by environmentalists of maximizing diversion by recovering, recycling, reusing, and generating renewable energy. This requires a recycling infrastructure, favourable economics and an acceptable source of funding.
It appears like there’s never been more confusion over waste and how to manage its complexity and diversity. It’s no wonder with so many groups of people from municipalities, waste management groups to environmentalists and the general business sectors are all struggling to accommodate one another and all with their own ideas on what should be banned, controlled or have a tariff fee associated with its use.
Household waste (MSW) is notoriously difficult to physically separate and there is a limit to the percentage of this complex waste that can be segregated at source by householders and MRF operators. From coffee cups to water bottles, expanded plastic food containers to plastic bags, what do we do with our waste streams and mandates to increase diversion from land fill, maximize recovery, recycle and reuse? Although many countries have adopted curb-side recycling and installed on-street storage units for paper, plastic and glass, this method has proved limiting, expensive and still results in a medium to low percentage of materials actually being recovered, with a significant portion of the materials still ending up in landfills.
While recycling methods have mainly been focused on MSW waste, other sources of waste such as the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors have limited or no inclusion into the recycling markets and in most cases end up directly going to landfill.
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