SOLID-WASTE

Location: European Union
Date: 2017 – 2019

“Let’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle the solid wastes alltogether!”

Nearly everything we do leaves behind us some kind of solid-wastes. People create garbages or municipal wastes, consisting mainly of papers, glasses & other materials. Factories create both solid & hazardous wastes. Therefore we have to learn & be trained about how to reduce what we leave behind, where it goes, how waste affects the environment. Solid-Waste Group’s aim is to maintain a clean and healthy environment & in order to have a better environment, specific training content & tools will be developed in the field of Modern Solid Waste Management & try to teach to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle the Wastes as much as possible. After a satisfactory execution of the project, in a city, in a province or in a big company will result a clean, unpolluted & healthy environment.Recycling prevents the emission of many gases & water pollutants, saves energy, supplies valuable raw materials to industry, conserves resources for the future & reduces the need for new landfills. These are common problems in all European Countries & SOLID-WASTE Project will try to solve these problems by training as much youngsters as possible by the help of developed products.

Through efficient solid waste management, waste reduction, separation at source, collection, transportation, recycle & disposal stages will be improved as a whole in technical and financial aspects; raising awareness and improving institutional capacity will be assigned priority. Usage of recycled materials in production processes will be encouraged. (1)

As European society has grown wealthier it has created more & more rubbish. Higher living standards mean that people are buying more products. There are also more single-person households which tend to produce more waste per person than families or groups. Consumption has changed dramatically. Today, consumers have much more choice & products are designed to have shorter lifespans. There are also many more single-use & disposable products. Advances in technology mean that people own & use many more personal devices, & update them more often. These lifestyle changes may have increased our quality of life, but they also mean we are generating more waste than ever before.(2)

7th Environment Action Programme sets the following priority objectives for waste policy in the EU where it will be guiding European environment policy until 2020. :

To reduce the amount of waste generated;
To maximise recycling and re-use;
To limit incineration to non-recyclable materials;
To phase out landfilling to non-recyclable and non-recoverable waste;
To ensure full implementation of the waste policy targets in all Member States. (3)

Reducing the amount of waste generated at source and reducing the hazardous content of that waste is regarded as the highest priority according to the Waste Hierarchy established in the Waste Framework Directive. Waste prevention is closely linked with improving manufacturing methods and influencing consumers to demand greener products and less packaging.

The Roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe recognises the importance of waste as a resource to be fed back into the economy. The Roadmap states that a higher priority needs to be given to re-use and recycling and incentives for waste prevention and recycling have to be created. In particular, the Roadmap includes the reduction of waste generation as an “aspirational target” for waste management, which has to be achieved by 2020. (4)

Over the last two decades, European countries have increasingly shifted their focus with regard to municipal waste from disposal methods to prevention and recycling. One of the success stories of environmental policy in Europe is the increase in the rates of municipal waste recycling (covering material recycling, composting and digestion of bio-wastes). EEA countries achieved an average total recycling rate of 33 % in 2014, compared with 23 % in 2004 (Eurostat, 2016a). (5) This is aimed to have a more recycling rate in the future.

Having the target as young people will give a habit to the people to prevent the usage of much wastes from early ages and also attract their attention to solid-waste sector and giving them basic skills, they will get chance to work in this sector,
So our target group will be:
-Youngsters between the ages 18-25,
-Disadvantaged people who can’t find any work for themselves,
-Having no skills nor having any education previously,
-Early school leavers.

References:
1. http://www.mod.gov.tr/Lists/RecentPublications/Attachments/75/The%20Tenth%20Development%20Plan%20(2014-2018).pdf
2. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/pdf/WASTE%20BROCHURE.pdf
3. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/
4. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/prevention/index.htm
5. http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/waste/municipal-waste

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