All sectors of the global community are involved in some form of waste
management. The human densities of today’s urban zones presents
increased challenges of dealing with vast volumes of waste, be it municipal,
sewage, water drainage, organic compost or recyclable materials. Rural
areas produce less waste, but often suffer from a poorly developed waste
management system. The challenge for today’s waste management teams
is to both reduce the amount of waste entering the system, and develop
the protocols and processes required to achieve 100% recycling of all
Collaboration across the sectors is now allowing the potential for the
adoption of new sustainable waste management practices. Opportunities
to save money are matched by opportunities to make money by developing
the services and products to facilitate this shift.
Waste food, packaging, redundant consumer items, organic refuse are all
much easier to process if they have never been mixed up, but today’s
packaging often blends metal, glass, plastic and paper materials bonded
together - tomorrow's must be readily recyclable.
Consumer awareness is a critical factor in the success and uptake of voluntary
recycling schemes. Legislation lead recycling programmes are now moving
towards a climate of mandatory recycling of all household waste. Where
this has not yet been adopted, substantial targets are nevertheless being
laid down in many countries.
Landfill operations, CHP
systems, and Water management are all part of the bigger picture of waste
management and there are business and technical synergies available to