Comprehensive Solid Waste Management

May 2015
Take a look at the garbage bin in your school or home. Have you ever wondered what makes its content garbage? If you look inside, you may see that the waste at the bottom of the bin is made up of items that are no longer of use and therefore have been tossed out. You may also find materials that are of mixed composition (made of glass, paper, metal, organics, and the like). Breathe in deeply, and you may notice an unpleasant odor.
This is a sample of our consumption. We disregard the origin and history of these items, their ultimate destiny, and the consequence of their disposal for the environment and human beings. And this disregard is, without a doubt, what turns waste into a problem.