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Waste Management Our Responsibility Essay Ideas

In a lifetime the average American will throw away 600 times the amount of his or her adult weight in garbage. For example, a 150 pound adult will leave a trash legacy of 90,000 pounds.

Recycling tips flyer in PDF format

We're Running Out of Landfill Space
By the year 2003, 200 California landfills will close. The County of Ventura has traditionally relied on one local landfill for waste disposal.

Recycling Makes Sense
Unlike landfills (which simply stockpile trash) recycling removes waste completely, then turns it back to useful products. Recycling saves money, and in turn reduces the amount of trash going to the landfills.


Recycling one ton of aluminum:
Saves 14,000 kWh of energy
Saves 39.6 barrels (1,663 gallons) of oil
Saves 237.6 million Btu's of energy
Saves 10 cubic yards of landfill space

Aluminum Recycling Tips

  • Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed.
  • Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.

Did You Know?

  • Recycling aluminum takes 95% less energy than making aluminum from raw materials.
  • Two out of three aluminum cans were recycled in the United States in 1995.
  • The industry is also helping to conserve aluminum resources through a process called lightweighting. Fewer materials are used in the aluminum can so fewer resources are extracted. In 1992, the aluminum can weighed 24% less than a can designed in 1972. Where it once took 22 cans to make a pound, it now takes 30 cans to make a pound.


Recycling one ton of cardboard:
Saves 390 kWh of energy
Saves 1.1 barrels (46 gallons) of oil
Saves 6.6 million Btu's of energy

Cardboard Recycling Tips

  • Prepare cardboard for recycling by removing all other materials in the box such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials.
  • Break down cardboard boxes to save storage space.
  • Try to keep cardboard dry and free from food waste. Cardboard can get wet and still be recycled, but is more difficult to carry due to the added weight of the water.

 Did You Know?

  • Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Recycled cardboard saves 24% of the total energy needed for virgin cardboard.


Recycling one ton of glass:
Saves 42 kWh of energy
Saves 0.12 barrels (5 gallons) of oil
Saves 714,286 Btu's of energy
Saves 2 cubic yards of landfill space
Saves 7.5 pounds of air pollutants from being released

Glass Recycling Tips

  • Prepare glass containers for recycling by rinsing out with water.
  • Labels on glass containers do not have to be removed because they are removed during the crushing process and/or burned off during the melting process.
  • Avoid breaking the glass and mixing broken colors together as this may make the glass unacceptable for recycling.
  • Waste Management-Recycle America offers a service known as Container Recycling Alliance (CRA) which is a national recycling organization for recovering glass containers, including clear, brown and green bottles and jars. The CRA features state-of-the-art fully automated ceramic detection and color sorting equipment, as well as full bottle destruction and decasing capabilities.

Did You Know?

  • Recycling glass saves 30% of the energy required when producing glass from raw materials (soda, ash, sand and limestone). Crushed glass, called cullet, melts at a lower temperature than the raw materials, which saves energy.
  • The United States throws away enough glass bottles and jars to fill a 1,350 square foot building every week.
  • Refillable glass bottles use 19,000 Btu's of energy as compared to 58,000 Btu's used by throwaway glass bottles.


Recycling one ton of newsprint:
Saves 601 kWh of energy
Saves 1.7 barrels (71 gallons) of oil
Saves 10.2 million Btu's of energy
Saves 4.6 cubic yards of landfill space
Saves 7,000 gallons of water
Saves 15 trees

Newsprint Recycling Tips

  • Cardboard boxes, paper bags and other non-newsprint paper are considered contaminants and are not compatible with newspaper recycling.
  • It takes time to sort non-newsprint materials out at recovery facilities, so save them time and labor by not mixing non-newsprint items with your newsprint.

Did You Know?

  • Recycled newspaper saves 34 to 60% of the total energy needed for virgin newsprint.
  • 10 million tons of newsprint is thrown away each year in the United States.
  • Approximately 65,000 to 75,000 trees are needed to produce paper for the Sunday edition of the New York Times.


Recycling one ton of paper:
Saves 4,100 kWh of energy
Saves 9 barrels (380 gallons) of oil
Saves 54 million Btu's of energy
Saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
Saves 60 pounds of air pollutants being released
Saves 7,000 gallons of water
Saves 17 trees

Paper Recycling Tips

  • Recyclable paper includes: Magazines and catalogs, telephone books, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets and booklets in addition to cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes.
  • Be sure to remove the liner and all food from the box, flatten the box and place flattened box in a paper sack with your junk mail, mixed paper, magazines and catalogs.
  • Non-recyclable paper includes tissue, waxed and carbon paper.

Did You Know?

  • 4.5 million tons of office paper is thrown away each year in the United States.
  • Enough office and writing paper is thrown away each year to build a 12-foot high wall of paper from Los Angeles to New York City.
  • Annually, each person in the United States uses paper equivalent to two pine trees. Recycled paper saves 33% of the total energy needed for virgin paper.
  • The average American uses 650 lbs. of paper per year.
  • Producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollution, 35% less water pollution, and 75% less processed energy than producing paper from virgin fibers.


Recycling one ton of plastic:
Saves 5,774 kWh energy
Saves 16.3 barrels (685 gallons) of oil
Saves 98 million Btu's of energy
Saves 30 cubic yards of landfill space

Plastic Recycling Tips

  • Prepare plastic containers for recycling by ensuring first that they are either:
    #1 (PETE): soda-pop bottles, cooking-oil bottles and peanut-butter jars
    #2 (HDPF): milk, water and juice bottles, bleach and detergent bottles, margarine tubs and some grocery sacks
    #3 (PVC): window cleaner bottles, cooking-oil containers and detergent powder containers
    #4 (LDPE): food packaging, shrink-wrap, carryout bags and heavy-duty bags
    #5 (PP): butter and margarine tubs, yogurt containers, screw-on caps and drinking straws
    #6 (PS)*: Compact disk cases, aspirin bottles, clean plates, cutlery
    *Note - Polystyrene foam including foam cups, plates, and packing materials are non-recyclable.
    #7 (Other): squeezable syrup and condiment bottles and some microwave food trays
    These identification codes are often on the bottom of the plastic container encircled by three chasing arrows.
  • Remove plastic tops from the plastic containers being recycled and rinse containers with water.
  • Crushing containers will help save space while storing them.

Did You Know?

  • Enough plastic bottles are thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
  • Approximately 88% of the energy is saved by producing plastic from plastic as opposed to manufacturing plastic from the raw materials of oil and gas.
  • For every seven trucks needed to deliver paper grocery bags to the store - only one truck is needed to carry the same number of plastic grocery bags.
  • The number of plastics recycling businesses has nearly tripled over the past several years, with more than 1,700 businesses handling and reclaiming post-consumer plastics.
  • By using plastic in packaging, American product manufacturers save enough energy each year to power a city of 1 million homes for three and a half years.
  • Since 1977, the 2-liter plastic soft drink bottle has gone from weighing 68 grams to just 51 grams today, representing a 25% reduction per bottle. That saves more than 206 million pounds of packaging each year. The 1-gallon plastic milk jug has undergone an even greater reduction, weighing 30% less than what it did 20 years ago.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that using plastic foam insulation in homes and buildings will save close to 60 million barrels of oil each year vs. other kinds of insulation.
  • Approximately 80% of the U.S. population has access to some kind of plastics recycling program. The number of companies handling and reclaiming post-consumer plastics is nearly six times greater than in 1986, growing from 310 companies to 1,792 in 1998.
  • The lives of more than 1,900 police officers have been saved through the use of protective vests made from plastic fibers.
  • Improvements in energy efficiency made through the use of plastics in the last decade save more than 53 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This saves American consumers a total of more than $4 billion each year.


Recycling one ton of steel:
Saves 642 kWh of energy
Saves 1.8 barrels (76 gallons) of oil
Saves 10.9 million Btu's of energy
Saves 4 cubic yards of landfill space

Steel Recycling Tips

  • Prepare steel cans for recycling by rinsing them with water to remove any food residue.
  • To save space, remove both ends of the steel can and crush flat.
  • Labels on the steel cans do not have to be removed since they are burned off during the melting process.

Did You Know?

  • Steel cans, which are used for holding coffee, vegetables and other food products are often referred to as tin cans, but there is only 0.15% tin in a steel can.
  • The United States throws away enough iron and steel to continuously supply all the nation's automakers.
  • The average passenger tire contains approximately 10% steel wire by weight.

The modern civilization is now struggling with the problems of high build up of waste and its impact on the immediate and global environment. The present scenario calls for a smart handling of waste which includes processing and recycling as per the latest technology. Proper waste management helps us be protective towards the environment. In fact, due collection of waste and disposal is the key to make the global cleanliness and sustainability programmes successful. Here we are providing you four (4) speech on Waste Management to help you with this topic in your examination. Good luck! You can select any waste management speech according to your and requirement:

Speech on Waste Management

Waste Management Speech – 1

Dear All! Welcome to the school auditorium!

Before I begin my speech on waste management, please allow me to extend special thanks to our College Committee Members and Principal for always encouraging programmes based on social awareness. I sincerely hope that my fellow students would reap maximum benefits out of it by informing themselves about the burning issues of our times that our nation is grappling with and what we as the young generation of today can do to curb these escalating issues.

One such problem that has caught people’s attention in the current scenario is the ever increasing waste and our inability to deal with it. With the ever growing human population and increasing living standard of people, new settlements are seen burgeoning and industries have also been established to meet the growing human needs for survival. Of course, new agricultural methods are adopted with the help of pesticides and fertilizers for meeting the growing needs for consumption. So much other things are also practiced for a comfy living. In return, waste matter is generated from industrial and domestic activities, which is dumped into our surroundings.

Cities are now struggling with the problems of high build up of waste and its impact on our immediate and global environment. As a result, environmental pollution has come to an alarming stage where our environment is experiencing an irreparable damage. Solid and liquid wastes as well as gas particles released from the industries; run off pesticides and fertilizers from the agricultural practices as well as household sewage from urban regions have come to a point beyond disposal.

However, this problem has also given citizens an opportunity to look for solutions by involving their society and private sectors, by involving latest innovations for disposal of waste and last but not the least, involving behavioral changes and raising people’s consciousness.

It’s high time when we have to do a smart handling of “waste” and actually understand whether waste is indeed a waste or not. There is an obvious requirement for the latest waste disposal technology which is centered on municipalities and makes use of high/energy technology in order to progress towards processing and recycling of waste.

The easier waste management method would be to bring down the formation of waste materials. This way we can control the quantity of waste thrown in the landfills. You can recycle old materials for waste reduction and it can be bags, jars, repairing broken pieces rather than buying a new one, avoiding the use of disposable items, such as plastic glass and bags, putting into use second hand products and purchasing products that don’t require much designing.

Then composting is yet again a hassle-free and natural bio-degradation based process which makes use of organic waste, i.e. kitchen waste and remains of garden or plants and transforms it into nutrient-rich food for your plants. It is one of the excellent methods of waste disposal where it can transform unsafe organic items into safe compost.

Landfills are the highly sought after methods for the disposal of waste these days. Landfills are only successful where there is a lot of space and unfortunately it’s a success only in developed countries. However, it is said that landfills lead to water and air pollution and inevitably affect the environment. So besides this, you can look for other methods I have just described for waste management and protect your environment from the hazardous impact of piled up waste.

Thank You!!

Waste Management Speech – 2

Today is the World Environment Day and our company has always emphasized on adopting environment-friendly measures and doing waste management. I would like to share some important thoughts on waste management on this occasion.

Waste disposal or waste management refers to managing the waste from its initiation to its final removal. This includes collation, transportation, processing, re-cycling and finally disposal of waste along with monitoring, regulation and control. It also covers the lawful and regulatory aspects that relates to the waste management, including the instructions and guidance on recycling and disposal of waste management, etc.

The phrase usually relates to all types of waste, whether produced during the withdrawal of raw materials, the dispensation of raw materials into final goods, consumption of final good, or other human activities such as metropolitan (institutional, residential and commercial), farming and social (household hazardous waste, health care and sewage sludge, etc.) The objective of the waste management is to minimize the hazardous effect of waste materials on health, environment or aesthetics.

The practice of waste management varies country-wise (developed and developing nations), region-wise (urban and rural area) and sector-wise (residential and industrial). While urban regions may employ advanced machines and latest technology to supervise the waste, rural areas may be more dependent upon the human labour; residential areas may utilize safe and sound process whereas industries may utilize giant machines, etc in order to control the factory waste products. The waste materials at the institutional and residential level in the metros and cities are administered by the local authorities also known as Municipal Corporation; while the management of harmless industrial and commercial waste is accomplished by the generator of those waste.

I would now like to point out the most commonly used methods for waste management:

Landfills – This is managed by throwing the daily garbage in the landfills; it is the most common method used today.

Recovery and Recycling – Through this method, the useful items from the discarded is extracted for the next use such as conversion into energy, usable heat, fuel, electricity, etc.

Combustion or Incineration – In this method, community solid wastes are burned at high temperatures in order to convert the same into gaseous products or residue.

Plasma Gasification – Plasma is a basically an electrically charged gas. In this method, the molecular bonds of the waste are broken down due to the intense heat in the container.

Waste to Energy – In this method, the non-recyclable waste materials are converted into useful electricity, heat or fuel through various processes.

Composting – It is a natural process of bio-degradation; it converts the kitchen, plant and garden waste into nutritional food for the plants.

Waste Minimization – The best method is to minimize the creation of waste products by repairing the broken utensils, avoidance of plastic bags, etc.

It is important that we are protective towards our environment and always follow the 3Rs of waste hierarchy: ‘Reduce’, ‘Re-use’ and ‘Recycle’ in order to save our environment.

Thank You!

Waste Management Speech – 3

Good morning respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends.

The topic allocated to me for our today’s assembly is ‘Waste Management’. We as human beings should necessarily be aware and cautious about this topic.

This term means the management of the waste. So, what exactly does waste mean?  As our teacher has always taught us that waste means something that is eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after a stage. It is something worthless.

We as human beings should understand that everything that is called waste, involves some cost and effort of somebody or the other. We should minimize or further aim at completely eliminating the waste from our lives. Waste is both a consequence and a symptom of lives lived or things used unwisely.

Waste management is the science that deals with prevention and monitoring of wastes. Though it is a science, but it is not a difficult one. We do not need a rocket science implementation for this. It is as simple as monitoring our activities and actions so that we ultimately release the least amount of waste.

Collection of waste and disposal of rubbish plays an extremely important role in the global cleanliness and sustainability drive. Most crucial is this accompanied with people’s health and the conservation of resources being the responsibility of every government. Our government has created many garbage dumps that clearly indicate solid waste in separate box and other waste in separate box. This is deliberately done so as to make it convenient for the companies or government to get this waste recycled and ready for next use in some other form.

In earlier generations during our great great grandparent’s times, people used to dump their waste by digging a hole beneath the surface. At that point of time, this was considered the best as this could easily be decomposed and act as fertilizer of some sort. But for our generation or the coming one, this option is not at all feasible. This is so because, the population earlier was less and hence waste creation was less, also due to harsh chemicals and varied artificial products today; it is not at all easy for the waste to be decomposed.

Keeping in mind the healthy pollution free air and overall environment; we should focus on managing our waste and even monitor the activities of others so that we ensure less creation of waste.

To conclude my point of discussion; I would just request you all to please watch your actions very closely and ensure the minimal wastage. We should educate the public on the importance of conserving environment by managing solid wastes. We all have the responsibility to make people learn the impacts which one can avail as benefits through managing wastes. Please spread the message and help us save our environment. Let’s aim at complete elimination or the perfect management of waste all around.

Thank you for being a part of this discussion. Your presence encouraged me to put forward my point in the most effective way. Thank you!


Waste Management Speech – 4

Hello friends, welcome to this seminar on the occasion of the World Environment Day. It feels so good to see such a large number of enthusiastic audience. I am glad that we all are gathered here to share our views on the environmental related topics.

I chose ‘waste management’ as my topic for today’s discussion. Managing waste is, in itself, a great deed that one can do to directly contribute for the society and the mother earth. One should monitor their activities and the amount of waste produced because of those activities.

Amongst all, the companies or the industries specifically the ones that manufacture should opt for the processes or techniques that control the waste production. In order to make our surroundings and environment healthy one should manage the waste properly. Manufacturing companies should encourage the consumers or customers to bring their own reusable for packaging and also the public should be given priority to choose reusable products.

To understand it more precisely, I would say that waste management is the process of treating solid wastes. It also offers variety of solutions for recycling items that don’t belong to trash or are completely discarded and of no use. Waste management is about how garbage and waste can be used as a valuable resource for us and our future generations. Waste management disposes of the products and substances that you have used in a safe and efficient manner. Rubbish, garbage and waste can cause air and water pollution. Rotting garbage is also known to produce lot many harmful gases that mix with the air and can cause breathing problems in people.

Waste management is something that each and every household, human being and business owner in the world needs. There are many authorities that collect such waste and focus on recycling it for the betterment of the society. This is done by method of regular collections. These industries work on overall concept of waste management. It includes all amongst other things, collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste together with monitoring and regulation. Waste can easily be converted into a reusable things by getting it recycled.

We as individuals should put in our efforts to work on waste management for the betterment of ourselves, our future generation and the overall economy. We all should understand that waste can be created by anything. It can be generated during the extraction of raw material, the processing of raw materials into intermediate and final products, the consumption of final products, or other human activities including municipal, agricultural, and social activities. And, waste management is intended to reduce adverse effects of waste on health and the environment.

To conclude my discussion, I would just like to tell you all that it is our responsibility to closely adhere each and every rule of government to control the waste and exercise waste management in an efficient way. Helping eliminate waste will add on to the environment’s health and prosperity. We as citizens of the country owe this responsibility of ensuring the proper execution of waste management.

Thank you!