Packaging waste includes boxes, tissue paper, envelopes, food packaging, plastic cushioning material, metal cans, plastic & glass containers.
Pros/What could be done
Flat pack furniture. Furniture is designed to fit the smallest box possible.
Source reduction- reducing the amount of materials that are discarded.
Source reduction is cheapest option.
People want things they buy to look nice.
* This is the biggest sources of trash, especially food containers.
*Some places have laws that make manufacturers use minimal packaging. If a company does not use minimal packaging, it may not be able to sell products in those places, and residents have to pay to dispose of the packaging.
Has this lesson made you more thoughtful about where your trash goes? In what way?
Who do you think should be responsible for disposing of hard- to- recycle products or those not designed to last long? Consumers? Manufacturers? Governments?
How could efficient waste management reduce the need for extracting natural resources to make new products?
Researchers have found out that we often throw out very different kinds and amounts of trash than we think we do. Why might we have a distorted image of our trash? How could people become more aware about the trash they create?
You have heard of the popular waste management strategy of “ reduce, reuse, recycle. ” Why do you think the words are listed in that order?