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The Journey of Your Waste: Is it Sustainable?

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The system that your waste will undergo within the next few days is a complicated system that depends on local and federal laws. It might get sorted, it might be melted, and some of it could cross the entire globe. What is certain is that as personal wealth and consumption increases, so does the amount of trash we put out, producing an unsustainable amount of pollution and a strain on natural resources.
In this article, we will look at different types of waste we produce and analyze the processes currently employed to process it. We will analyze and learn from waste management practices employed by companies like Walmart and Microsoft, countries like Sweden, and an individual like Bea Johnson.

What you will learn

  1. Identify different types of waste we produce
  2. Understand the magnitude of waste generated
  3. Follow the journey of our waste
  4. Identify and analyze different types of waste management processes
  5. Analyze and learn from examples employed by companies like Walmart and Microsoft, countries like Sweden, and an individual like Bea Johnson

2 thoughts on “The Journey of Your Waste: Is it Sustainable?”

  1. Considering the consumerism in the US, not surprised we generate twice as much waste as individuals compared to other countries. Talking about e-waste – in our rush to upgrade our gadgets we all have, we contribute to the amount of e-waste that has skyrocketed in the last few years. Gadget makers also play a role in this by often times forcing consumers to upgrade their gadgets to the latest version.

    Shocked to see that only 50% of what we put in recycling bin gets recycled in NYC.
    Producing less waste – can we do that? The examples from Walmart, Sweden and Microsoft are highly commendable.
    Thank you Marissa for yet another wonderful article!

  2. Always knew waste management is important. But never knew it was THIS important! It’s great how the course describes every aspect of waste, its production, management, treatment, and consequences if not treated well.
    It is definitely an eye-opener course.
    Also, this topic is something we all as citizens should be knowing!

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