Manage My Waste
Each and every one of us generates waste! We all carry an individual as well as communal and collective responsibility.
Therefore each one of us has an obligation and the power to make a massive change by simply changing some of our small habits.
A few grams of waste material generated daily by millions of people makes thousands of tons of waste daily. This is not sustainable as our population increases. Mixing it up and putting it in a bin and have it collected is not the answer. It only serves to intensify and grow the problem which cannot just be buried out of sight.
Mixed waste in landfills means that organic waste rots without oxygen and produces methane which contributes to global warming. Poisons leach into the surrounding soil and groundwater. Recoverable resources in the waste cannot be retrieved, such as paper, metals and plastics that can be recycled or re-purposed.
We know plastics are causing major havoc! Today, we produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. That's nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population.
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest - 79% - has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.
Most plastic items never fully disappear; they just get smaller and smaller. Many of these tiny plastic particles are swallowed by farm animals or fish who mistake them for food, and thus do find their way into the food we eat. On average, every human ingests the equivalent of one plastic credit card every week (WWF), potentially causing cancer and hormone imbalances.
Waste management is a growing challenge worldwide. As My Green Story we aim to get 100% of the population to recycle, through projects in residential areas, our collaboration with retailers that are running recycling initiatives in their stores and through education programmes both in schools and social media to make everyone aware of what they can individually do.
Remember, every little bit makes a difference
"we don't need a few practising zero waste perfectly, we need billions practising it imperfectly..."
Refusing what we don't need, like
products wrapped in plastic or plastic disposables,
will eliminate a huge proportion of our waste.
Reducing our overall consumption. Say NO to fast
fashion, how many t-shirts do we really
need? By refusing and reducing less waste is
generated and less of a problem created that we need
to deal with.
Reuse what you have. Keep old jars and use them for
food storage. Buy second hand clothing.
Wear your favourite clothing over and over. And so on...
Recycle what cannot be refused, reduced or reused...
clean and separate your waste so that it
can be sustainably recycled. Compost your organic waste and
use it for your garden or donate it to tree