Updated: Mar 21
As the world's population rises, and more consumer products reach markets across the globe - this has resulted in an ever-increasing rate of waste products being produced. This has also given rise to a race to ensure that the level of waste remains sustainable and manageable.
It used to be the case where giant waste producers such as the United Sates would ship their waste to other countries to process, such as China. However, this is no longer the case as many countries including China has made the import of waste extremely difficult or impossible. Waste continues to be a huge detriment to the environment, harming both the sea and land - and all the wildlife that live in it. These concerns have led the charge for the following trends in 2022 and beyond, according to linchpin.seo:
Composting will be more prominent
One of the most overlooked forms of waste is known as "Green Waste" and it is a term used to cover a variety of food or perishable biowaste. It makes up a huge amount of waste tonnage around the world, besides conventional waste (such as plastics). This has led to many nations pushing towards a composting future.
Compost bins can reduce the waste footprint of individual households, and in return yield nutrition-rich soil that can be used vegetable gardens or other horticultural uses. Most importantly, bio-waste can be treated via composting in private localized facilities without having to be brought to existing landfills. Bio-waste actually takes up to 25% of a landfill's volume.
Recycled resin will be important of sustainability
Plastic waste is now in the process of being reduced to reusable plastic resin in certain plants. However, these recycled plastic resins will not be as readily available as "prime resin" which is manufactured from scratch. It is however good enough for use in many consumer products.
Recycled resin emits less greenhouse gas during manufacture than its prime cousin, but the ability to create this resin from plastic waste is on the higher end of the technological process, and in turn - means that it costs more to manufacture. This is an area that many nations are interested in because of the sustainability and green potential of the resin.
Computer waste management systems are the future
Researchers continue to look into computer technologies such as machine learning and AI to predict trends and patterns related to waste generation and management. These computer systems can calculate the amount of waste that is created on-site and the best way to manage it. Data can also be collected on end-user behaviours with regards to consumption levels and packaging waste - allowing companies to see where the biggest sources of waste originates from.
In the near future, entire models will be generated by AI to ascertain the amount of waste product produced during a particular product's lifecycle. This information can be used by organizations to improve cost reduction initiatives and also implement more environmentally sustainable measures.