Waste Management, Recycling and Litter Reduction
Every day, each one of the 7.7 billion people living on our planet consumes items made of natural resources. The disposal of these items produces about 20 million blue whales’ worth of household waste (2.12 billion metric tons) worldwide every year, most of which ends up in landfill or incineration.
Our irresponsible 'take, make, waste' consumer patterns are driving climate change, damaging land and marine ecosystems, and polluting our air and freshwater sources.
The 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development commits countries to moving towards a circular economy based on sustainable consumption and production patterns - this is essential for the provision of clean water, the conservation of our oceans and seas, and climate change mitigation.
Trinity has adopted five waste management objectives:
1) Reduce waste generation by 10%
2) Increase recycling and reuse to 50%
3) Zero waste to landfill
4) Zero litter on grounds
5) Reduce hazardous waste by 10%
Our Sustainability Report details the progress that has been made in their implementation.
Humans are the only species on the planet to create waste. So every form of pollution is our responsibility. The best way to reduce waste and pollution is to choose what you buy carefully. ‘Rethink’ is the first part of the ‘Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle’ Waste Hierarchy. If you can refuse to purchase something in the first place, this means you are eliminating the waste outright!
By refusing to buy unessential items; reducing the volume of what you buy/ consume; re-purposing/ repairing/ reusing items to prolong their lifespan, and donating/ disposing of items you no longer need at appropriate recycling centres, you can reduce your environmental footprint and contribute to a healthier planet.
One of the first steps you can take to reduce waste is to learn what can be recycled. Watch this video with Michele Hallahan, outlining what household items can and can’t be recycled:
UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
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