My eyes stung, my throat was aching and I was struggling to breathe.
Someone was burning an enormous pile of rubbish, dumped by the river behind our house in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The smoke was thick and foul-smelling, and lasted for several days. It was not a pleasant experience! But it is one that so many people face around the world as part of everyday life.
In this edition, we look at the subject of waste – something that we all produce. But when we throw things away, how much thought do we give to where ‘away’ is? Is our waste being disposed of in a responsible way that protects rather than harms the environment? Are we and our governments doing all we can to recycle? A well-known quote in the recycling community is, ‘Waste is just a resource in the wrong place’. But how can we stop producing so much waste in the first place?
In this edition we tackle some of these tough questions. We look at how to set up a simple community waste collection service and feature an exciting project in Pakistan that collects and recycles 90 per cent of household waste. We include advice on advocating with decision-makers about waste and hear from two inspiring ‘waste entrepreneurs’ from Haiti. And we share practical tips on organising a litter clean-up event and making charcoal briquettes from woody waste.
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