Waste Systems & Solutions
This program is designed to help learners understand our waste systems and the ways in which people can influence them from the individual level to the community level. This course will explore the local waste systems within their global contexts, and draw upon examples of regional waste systems from around the world to develop ideas for change.
- Understand the different steps involved in moving waste from an end user to a processing facility, and factors that influence each step in the chain.
- Recognize which materials can be recycled or composted and understand why.
- Describe the evolution of our waste systems.
- Understand and evaluate the impacts of different modes of waste disposal.
- Identify ways in which people can influence the waste system from an individual-level to the community-level.
PowerPoint presentation on evolution of waste systems (history and future), with discussion of impacts and means of influence.
Suggested Supplementary Readings
- Hawkins, Gay. The Ethics of Waste: How We Relate to Ru bbish. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.
- Schwartz, David T. Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010.
- Arundel TV. New Plastic Bag Guidelines - Release Your Recycling. Accessed November 8, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcisSOh8zXo
- "Countries with the Most Sophisticated Waste Management I Greentumble." Accessed November 8, 2018. https://greentumble.com/countries-with-the-most-sophisticated-waste-management/
- "Most Trash Produced." Accessed November 8, 2018. https://www.forbes.com/2006/05/23/cx_bm_0524mostwasteslide.html#3eb8bfc4a249
- "The Swedish Recycling Revolution." Sweden.se, November 15, 2013. https://sweden.se/nature/the-swedish-recycling-revolution/
- "Top 10 Recycling Countries From Around the World." General Kinematics (blog), September 19, 2016. https://www.generalkinematics.com/blog/top-10-recycling-countries-around-world/
- US EPA, OSW ER. " Best Practices for WasteWise Participants." Overviews and Factsheets. US EPA, March 14, 2016. https://www.epa.gov/smm/best-practices-wastewise-participants
- "WHO I Improved Urban Waste Management." WHO. Accessed November 8, 2018. https://www.who.int/sustainable-development/cities/strategies/urban-waste/en/
- Phillips, Erica E. "U.S. Recycling Companies Face Upheaval from China Scrap Ban." Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2018, sec. Business. https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-recycling-companies-face-upheaval-from-china-scrap-ban-1533231057
- "Plast ic Recycling Is Broken. Here's How to Fix It." National Geographic News, June 20, 2018. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/china-plastic-recycling-ban-solutions-science-environment/
- "What Chinese Import Policies Mean for All 50 States." Waste Dive. Accessed November 8, 2018. https://www.wastedive.com/news/what-chinese-import-policies-mean-for-all-50-states/510751/
About the Presenter
Daniela Beall is the Sustainability Coordinator at Goucher and has been working to better understand the moving parts of the waste system of Goucher's campus within the regional context. Prior to joining Goucher College, she was a Graduate Assistant for Environmental Initiatives at Towson University, which included developing and implementing educational programs to encourage proper recycling and composting. Through various internships and coursework, she has researched the ethics and psychology of consumption and waste behavior, the health and environmental impacts of our waste system, the economics of various waste operations, and more. She completed her undergraduate coursework in environmental science and studies at Cornell University and Towson University, completed her MBA at the University of Baltimore and Towson University, and looks forward to a life of learning!