I have to wonder why I’m being treated as if I’m a nuisance rather than a potential contributor to a cleaner planet, a green economy or even a sustainable way of living.
But the waste is wasted.
That’s not because I’m making an unkind comment.
It’s because I was, and continue to be, one.
“The problem with waste is that we don’t know how to get rid of it.
It doesn’t come from waste, it’s from the people that produce it,” says Michael Mearns, an economist and director of the Centre for Policy Research in London.
“That’s where we need a much clearer vision for how we are going to move from a system where we have a finite resource base to a sustainable, regenerative economy.”
That’s why waste management has been the focus of a number of initiatives.
One is a “sustainable landfill” project, where millions of tonnes of material is incinerated to make room for a new landfill.
The idea is to keep waste away from landfills by converting it into landfill, and then it’s recycled back into the environment.
This year, the UK has taken the first step towards that goal with a £25m programme to move tonnes of waste from landfill into a landfill, which is where it can be stored for up to 50 years.
And last year, landfill operators in the UK began removing a million tonnes of rubbish each year, an increase of almost 60 per cent on the previous year.
This is good news, but it is also a huge opportunity cost.
It means that the landfill that is currently being built will be smaller than it needed to be in 2020.
The government has now set up an independent panel to help plan the landfill project, with the aim of reducing the size of the new landfill by 10 per cent.
But as the UK government continues to set out its new landfill plan, its plans for landfill management are already being questioned.
“In many ways, the new waste management scheme has been a big fail,” says Andrew Brown, director of waste and sustainability policy at the Campaign for Better Environment.
“If the government’s approach is to continue to use landfill as a tool to produce the same rubbish as it did in the past, it will end up making waste much worse for the environment and for the people who produce it.”
What the UK wastes in landfill The UK is a land of landfill, with a growing population and increasing demand for land, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
But what does waste actually do to the environment?
Mears says it is “one of the biggest environmental issues in the world”.
“In terms of waste, there are two kinds of waste: the kind that goes in a landfill and the kind produced by burning it,” he says.
“There’s no question that the former goes into landfill and is an enormous environmental issue.
But it’s also a kind of waste that is produced and then released to the atmosphere.”
Brown says the waste industry has a lot to answer for.
“We can’t take landfill off the table completely because the landfill is already there, but there are very real questions about the waste generated from burning it and the impacts that it has on the environment,” he explains.
“As we go further into this period of transition from fossil fuel to nuclear power, and as the world transitions away from fossil fuels to renewables, there will be a lot more landfill waste going into landfill.
It will become increasingly difficult to clean up the waste that will be generated from incinerators, as well as the waste produced by the power industry.”
Brown argues that the government should not be focusing on the “toxic legacy” of landfill.
“It’s important to recognise that waste from incineration does contribute to greenhouse gas emissions,” he adds.
“This is why we have to take landfill very seriously as a green infrastructure to be part of a sustainable economy.”
But what if I want to donate something to the landfill?
There are many charities that will help you get rid a waste.
There’s the London Waste Collection Centre, which can take out large bags of rubbish from the local landfill.
Or you can get rid the waste by putting it into a “collector” box.
And there’s the Waste and Recycling Council, which works with companies that will donate a piece of rubbish to a charity of your choice.
“You can’t buy a piece from landfill,” says Brown.
“What you can do is donate to a collection centre, which will take the garbage away and put it into an empty box.
Or, you can give your rubbish a little love and be part-owners of the collection centre.”
Brown believes that charities can make a difference by supporting a charity that is dedicated to recycling.
“People are very keen to give something to a recycling centre.
And if you donate to an organisation that’s going to give a piece to a landfill you’re not only giving something back to the local community, you’re also doing something for the