Details The amount of trash we produce is difficult for us to see since it is being picked up magically and disposed of. Sometimes we become painfully aware of it when this routine gets broken and it's not being picked up from our neighborhood bins.
Depending on where we live, we are not required much to think about this subject more than to separate paper from the rest of the trash. During the beginning of the pandemic, a lot of us could see the amount of cardboard or big waste. From furniture to random consumer products waiting to be picked up. If you live in Amsterdam you can find products on the streets thrown out completely intact.
That brings the question can we as citizens just produce "trash" without limits as long as we pay “tax”? How much responsibility do we have and for which part? So what is our relationship to this subject? Should it totally be the government's responsibility to deal with the trash that we produce? Are we as citizens obligated to know how the government is disposing of our waste? And is there such a thing as good and bad plastic? What about organic products, should it be composted, how, where and by whom? Is there a limit to electronic waste that we can just dispose of?
Waste comes in many different forms and is a global problem. Our lifestyle seems to be full of “packed things” in a lot of different forms, and its output gets burned or shipped to developing countries to deal with, where creates a whole new problem*.
We want to discuss the challenges with this subject and we will also look at possibilities for local businesses and neighborhood initiatives. We will look at how some examples function next to the big governmental system or big commercial companies. And finally, we will talk about the perspective of the Doughnut Economy. What social impact do local waste initiatives have (measured with the SDG’s or MAEX indicators)? With how much investment can you make how much impact?
To understand the challenges with trash, please have a look at the clips of DW Planet A: