It occurs because we humans live, buy, cook and dress. But what we can change, is the way we handle and dispose our waste afterwards. It is important that this is done in a sustainable way in order to protect the environment, and to utilize the earth’s natural resources in the most efficient way. Contrary to what many people previously believed; the earth has no endless resources. And if we’re not careful, we will experience a lack of raw materials such as metals and oil in the future.
Throughout history, waste has been handled very differently. It has been overlooked, moved, burned and recycled. During the 1700s and 1800s, people in the cities began moving their garbage out to the city borders, but as the city grew, this became a problem. In the 19th century, people lived side by side with large piles of garbage, resulting in illness and death. To manage the waste, trash cans were introduced and placed in the cities, and the collected waste was transported to landfills. As a result of World War II, there was a lack of just about everything, and people were forced to save and recycle. Today, several experts believe that we have entered a new phase of waste recycling management. Having previously considered waste as a hygienic and space issue, we now finely consider it to be an environmental problem!