On any given day, you might purchase a sandwich and a can of coke to go, grabbing a napkin and straw as well. When you finish your lunch, you crumple up the food wrapper and head over the garbage where you might briefly consider the process. What happens to the trash you and I produce? Does everything that we put into the “re-cycle bin” actually get recycled? Join us as we explore the journey of our waste and analyze whether it is a sustainable system.
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.