Solid Waste Management

1455 WordsJun 17, 20186 Pages
Policy is needed to regulate which course of action should be taken and how it should be implemented. Because of this, many plans and policies revolving around the management of solid waste have been put in place. Sometimes however, a particular policy can have its shortfalls, potentially resulting in its negative aspects outweighing the positive ones. According to the Conference Board of Canada Report, “Canadians dispose of more municipal solid waste per capita than any other country” (2013). Solid waste management in particular, involves many aspects, ranging from packaging waste, food waste, etc. (White & Franke 1999), hence, the following analysis revolves around household and commercial waste – referred to as Municipal Solid Waste…show more content…
And hence, Zero Waste Vancouver came in existence. According to Michael Jessen (2003): Zero Waste is a new approach to the flow of materials and energy in our society. It considers the life cycle of products, the design of buildings, infrastructure and industrial parks, and the reuse, recovery and recycling of resources in a manner that is cleaner, and more efficient. The approach recognizes the interconnectedness of materials, products, and infrastructure to ecological functions and services provided by the natural environment. The Zero Waste approach focuses on ways to reduce waste through reduction and reuse strategies, materials recovery and education (Zero Waste Challenge). It is a concentrated effort to reduce the growing volume of solid waste in the region and is an integral part of the Metro Vancouver’s Solid Waste Management Plan (Zero Waste Challenge). In accordance to the strategies outlined in the plan, Metro Vancouver formed the National Zero Waste Council, “a cross-sectoral leadership initiative bringing together governments, businesses, and non-government organizations to advance a national waste prevention and reduction agenda…” (ISWRMP Biennial Progress Report 2013). The main goal of the council is to influence consumer behavior and improve the design of products and packaging to prevent
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