This chapter provides a concise overview of waste management, covering key topics and concepts. It is divided into six units. The chapter explores the definition and types of waste, EU regulations, the significance of proper waste management, the waste hierarchy, practical implementation of the 3Rs, and the role of entrepreneurship in waste management. Through this overview, readers will gain a fundamental understanding of waste management principles, its importance, and practical approaches to address waste-related challenges.
By the end of this course, you will achieve the following outcomes:
- Understanding of waste management: Gain a comprehensive understanding of what waste management entails and why it is crucial for environmental sustainability.
- Knowledge of waste types and European legislation: Familiarize yourself with the main types of waste and the relevant European legislation and targets associated with waste management.
- Awareness of the five-step waste hierarchy: Learn about the five-step waste hierarchy implemented in the European Union and understand its significance in waste management practices.
- Application of the 3R approach: Explore how to actively participate in waste management through the implementation of the 3R approach (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to minimize waste generation and promote sustainable practices.
- Insight into waste management and entrepreneurship: Gain insights into the intersection of waste management and entrepreneurship, understanding potential opportunities for innovative and sustainable waste management solutions.