Waste Not! Community Actions for Cleaner and Greener Environs
The generation of all forms of solid waste has grown exponentially with the combination of industrialization and population growth. As societies have industrialized since the 18th century, managing solid waste has been a major activity. This process has accelerated rapidly since the middle of the last century, when governments in less developed settings began sustained efforts to promote modern industrial development. By the third quarter of the 20th century, dire forecasts emerged that the world would soon bury itself in its own wastes. This led to a new social movement to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (3Rs) to save the world from this inundation.
National and international governments and NGOs everywhere now promote a wide variety of programs to manage solid waste in a more environmentally sound manner. Often these programs rely on local governments. This case shows how one village in the Philippines responded by extending the 3Rs and creating the Community-Based Solid Waste Management Program.
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