Recently, the world’s problems have started to shift in a very different and important direction. In addition to climate change, the growing waste problems, especially with the increase in plastic materials, have become major problems that concern the whole world.
In today’s conditions where the natural balance of the ecosystem is disrupted, the world must be a more livable place for all living things and future generations. Otherwise, big problems await all living things for the coming periods.
Of course, various solutions have started to be produced for a better future recently. Some countries and local governments are trying to support these solutions, especially with projects developed in zero waste and recycling areas. In our article, we will talk about the waste problem and solution projects.
First of all, we would like to examine the “zero waste” issue in detail, which is on the agenda and should be paid attention to by everyone. “What is zero waste?” Let’s start with the answer to the question.
First of all: What is Zero Waste?
Failure to recycle the wastes generated in homes, workplaces, or many areas creates various problems in using available resources and energy. We can say that zero waste is an understanding that aims to prevent waste; use resources more efficiently, reduce the amount of waste and recycle the waste generated. This understanding aims to bring a new awareness to people in reducing waste removal and utilizing waste.
Recently, “zero waste awareness” is getting more widespread in our country and the world. Various applications are implements in this direction. However, to understand the importance of these practices; we need to know how the increasing amount of waste affects the environment. For this reason; we can take a look at how and in what direction the amount of waste affects the environment.
How Does the Amount of Waste Affect the Environment?
The rapid increase in the population, urbanization, and consumer goods diversification cause the amount of waste to increase. A certain amount of waste can be cleaned up in nature after a while. But as the number of waste increases, the power of nature on this issue decreases. Unfortunately, the accumulated wastes affect the environment negatively.
The wastes polluting the environment differ according to their types. They can be found in gas, liquid, and solid form. For example, plastic waste, one of today’s biggest problems, falls under the category of solid waste. Plastic waste is increasing so uncontrolled; that the current plastic rate in the seas is thought to be more than 150 million tons. This negatively affects the life of the creatures living in the seas and the cleanliness of the water. Likewise, plastic materials are thrown into nature cause soil pollution since they do not disappear for many years.
Fossil fuel use in industrial facilities, vehicles, and other fields is also the biggest cause of gas waste. On the other hand, gas wastes harm the environment with global warming; damage to vegetation, unwanted odors, and fires, especially air pollution.
You can find more detailed annual reports on the Zero Waste Europe webpage. Unfortunately, this high rate increases environmental pollution.
You can also read our article: What are Carbon Emissions? What You Need to Know About
Why is Zero Waste Important?
We talked about how the waste problem harms the environment and living things. Now let’s consider why zero waste movement is so critical. Here are the benefits of zero waste:
- With zero waste, you use resources more efficiently
- The risks for the environment and living beings are reduced.
- With zero waste, we can prevent it from cutting excess trees.
- There is a decrease in the number of greenhouse gases released into the air.
- Savings are provided in waste storage areas.
- You can save 100 liters of petroleum by recycling 1 ton of glass.
- A cleaner and more livable planet remain for future generations.
At this point, you can find detailed information about zero waste in the Zero Waste Regulations published by your ministry.