- Waste, and how we choose to handle it, affects our world’s environment—that’s your environment. The environment is everything around you including the air, water, land, plants, and man-made things.
- A healthy environment is important for your own health and happiness. Meaning effective waste management is important to you and everyone else. The waste we create needs to be carefully controlled so that it does not harm your environment and health.
What is waste and How can you help?
Waste is anything we throw away or get rid of, that doesn’t get used
You can help by learning about and practicing the three R’s of waste management: Practicing all three of these activities every day is not only important for a healthy environment. Keep reading and use our resources to learn more about waste and waste management, so you can become a key player in making our world a safe and healthy place.
It’s Really simple!
The phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is often used when we talk about how to be more environmentally friendly, how to be greener, how to be ecologically sound and how to live sustainably.
Using the 3 ‘R’s also helps to minimise the amount of space needed for landfill sites, where waste materials are disposed of.
What are the 3R’s?
Reduce means to minimise the amount of waste we create
This is when people purchase less ‘stuff’ so that it reduces the amount of energy required to manufacture and transport goods.
Initiatives are introduced to encourage people to turn lights off, share lifts and take shorter showers in order to reduce energy.
Reuse items as much as you can before replacing them.
This occurs as people use different materials again but do not convert them into different products.
People might reuse food containers and bottles instead of throwing them out or use travel coffee mugs instead of single-use cups.
‘Bags for Life’ and more robust plastic shopping bags have largely replaced single-use supermarket shopping bags.
Recycle items wherever possible
When waste materials are collected and separated out into their different component ingredients, these can then be remade into different products.
Energy is required to recycle the product and to change it’s physical properties into something totally different