Recycling is an increasingly important subject of global warming and climate change. Waste management programs allow countries to recycle materials in order to reuse them; this means they don't have to rely as much on raw materials. Here are a few different countries leading the way in recycling and waste management.
Leeds is home to a large recycling scheme called Zero Waste Leeds. They don't only recycle a massive range of waste, but they also reuse unwanted items and create tips and articles for recycling. In 2021, Leeds recycled 12,000 tons of glass waste.
Leading the way in waste management and recycling, Germany has introduced their recycling scheme in a way that has allowed the country to reduce its total waste by 1 million tons every single year. Germany recycles 70% of all waste produced - which is the most in the world.
In 1995, South Korea's food recycling rate was 2%; now, their rates have increased to an impressive 95%. They were also able to reduce their food waste with the implication of a food waste fee; households pay a small monthly fee for each bag of biodegradable food scraps.
With some of the lowest usage of landfills in the world, Singapore's residents and companies are fully responsible for the waste they produce and how they dispose of it. Additionally, the country only has one landfill which is predominantly used for un-recyclable plastics; the rest of the waste, which can not be recycled, is incinerated.