The amount and composition of municipal waste depends on a variety of factors. It is related to our living standard but wealth does not explain everything. It is also correlated with levels of urbanization, energy choices, waste management strategies and the “good” or “bad” habits of consumers. Although our garbage bins represent only a small part of the total waste generated, it is an important part: the one in which everyone can take action. The part where we can take responsibility by deciding to reduce waste – by recycling and avoiding the purchase of over-packaged goods.
From collection: Vital Waste Graphics
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal