2. Solid Waste Programme

Once a community has a shared understanding of the problems caused by waste, it can take steps to solve them, starting with projects that fully meet the community’s needs and abilities. A complete community solid waste program would include all of these steps:

• Reduction of the amount of generated waste, especially toxic products and products that cannot be recycled.

• Separation of waste on-site for easier and safer handling.

• Composting food scraps and other organic waste.

• Reuse of materials whenever possible.

• Recycling materials and encouraging government and industry to develop community recycling programs.

• Safe collection, transport, and storage of waste; respect and fair wages to people who do the job.

• Safe disposal of waste that cannot be reused or recycled.

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