Why Waste Matters: Environmental and Economic Value in Waste

  Matt Farnworth


Why Waste Matters: Environmental and Economic Benefits of Proper Waste Management

Waste management is a critical issue that affects our environment, economy, and society as a whole. Improper waste disposal can cause pollution, health hazards, and contribute to climate change. Despite this, it’s an area that often goes overlooked or misunderstood and when you consider proper waste management can create jobs, save resources, and promote sustainable development, this must change.

ISB Global’s CEO, Chris Williams recently delivered a powerful presentation on Why Waste Matters, covering everything from the environmental impact of waste to the emerging technologies and policy frameworks that can help address the challenge.

The presentation explores the complex world of waste and explains why it’s more important than ever to properly manage our waste streams. Covering key issues like the environmental impact of waste, how improper waste disposal can pollute the air, water, and soil, harm wildlife, and contribute to climate change and the economic benefits of a circular economy, the talk also addresses good waste management activities, from waste reduction and recycling to composting and energy recovery. You can find the presentation video below, it’s a must-watch for anyone interested in sustainability.

Here are some key segments of the video:

00:36 – Introduction
02:19 – What on earth were we thinking? We have created a problem.
03:48 – The Climate Emergency. A wasted opportunity
06:26 – Waste is here to stay. What can we do about it?
15:24 – A circular supply network to achieve a circular economy.
– Zero waste strategies and the waste hierarchy. What can we do?
22:05 – Anaerobic Digestion – what is it?
23:45 – Recovering waste. Turning plastic waste into oil.
25:09 – Landfill mining – get the material back out again.
28:29 – Waste to energy.
31:25 – No more false economy. It’s too late for carrots right sticks.
35:26 – Everyone doing their bit, means a lot for the planet.
37:12 – Live Q&A

Proper waste management is a critical issue that requires urgent attention from policymakers, businesses, and individuals. By adopting sustainable waste management practices, we can protect the environment, promote economic growth, and create a better future for all. Collectively, we must recognise that waste matters.

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