Educational Programs for Recycling and Repurposing of Solid Waste
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Recycling and Repurposing Man-made Waste
Waste management is an international concern in developed and underdeveloped nations. Sites for waste disposal are increasingly becoming limited. Limited access has led to improper management of waste and environmental degradation. Single-Stream recycling and waste management facilities are not assessable and affordable for all. Among food waste there is waste from man-made products. Solid waste such as clothing, plastics, paper, glass and many of our basic necessities are cased in or made from solid products. When those items are no longer of use or wanted they are discarded with natural resources such as food. But unlike natural resources these resources do not compost. The improper disposal of solid waste that cannot decompose has contributed to environmental degradation.
There are many ways of disposing of such items in a sustainable way that can expand the life of a material or transform it to suit another purpose. Reusing, Recycling, and Repurposing waste is a sustainable way to reduce the amount of waste that is produced by creating a new use or purpose of the material. This cuts down on the amount of waste that is produced and gives communities another resource of waste disposal that is sustainable and is of little costs or free.
Context within NORA
Being at Home: The access and ability to dispose of waste properly impacts the area and home where one lives. It can lead to many (health) hazard in the home and environmental hazards in the surrounding area.
Self-expression: Repurposing waste allows for self-expression through arts and crafts. It allows the individual to think creatively to create a new purpose for waste or create art for decoration.
Opportunities to learn: the introduction of recycling and repurposing programs is a way to educate individuals on how they affect the environment and educate them on new ways of managing their waste. Having education on this could eventually lead individuals to share this information with others.
Meaningful livelihoods: The individual or groups are taking the opportunities to learn with the purpose of creating a greater abundance for themselves and the communities they live in.
Participation: The individual who participates in recycling and repurposing is contributing to the effort of sustainability.