Web Desk: Garbage, waste and pollution are always in the news. The growing statistic of it shows that our planet will soon being filled with it. It definitely required individuals and government to work together in order to manage it.
Here are six forward-thinking countries that are taking creative approach to trash disposal, making the world healthier and cleaner.
The German business institute estimates that they can save up to €3.7 billion a year from recycling and the energy produced from their waste. Waste processing systems already save them 20 percent of the cost of metals and 3 percent of the cost of energy imports.
As a result of their advanced waste management policies, the 50,000 garbage dumps have been transformed into:
- 70 incinerators
- 60 biological and mechanical waste processing factories
- 800 units producing compost from organic waste
One of the most innovative recycling solutions that Germany has promoted is the green dot system. Manufacturers and retailers have to pay for a green dot on the packaging of their products. The more packaging, the higher the fee creating an incentive for businesses to reduce packaging and facilitate recycling.
This system has led to less paper, thinner glass and less metal been used therefore reducing the amount of waste produced.
In Indonesia, trash is used as currency. Dr. Gamala Albinsaid created the garbage clinical Insurance, which trade garbage for medical service and medicines. The trash cash he collects is converted into money which is then pumped back into his healthcare network.
Sweden is well-known for its progressive environmental strides. Sweden recycles and sorts its trash so effectively that less than 1% ends up in landfills. Sweden even imports trash from other European countries to fuel its power needs. 700 kg of rubbish converted into up to 250 kg of energy and fuel.
People of Uganda turn their trash into decoration pieces. Recycled swings and life-size board games made from plastic bottles are just some of the attractions at the Eco Art amusement park. Its creative work helps in beautifying the community, empowering and educating kids and effectively recycling trash and managing waste.
Singapore’s non-recyclable waste is incinerated, with the ash and some solid waste shipped to a man-made island nearby that doubles as a nature reserve. Semakau landfill is the first offshore landfill of Singapore. It is designed to handle the trash output from Singapore while ensuring that the environment around it is protected.
Colombia came up with the idea of ECOBOT which is basically Reverse Vending Machine located in shopping malls, institution and public space and encourages the process of recycling. Every time depositing a transparent plastic bottle or the caps, gives you a coupon. From restaurant coupons to movie tickets to shopping dollars this machine covers it all.