Waste is considered being the final stage of our value chain, and its impact on society, environment and economy is widely underestimated. The system is looking at improving the current situation rather than looking for a different solution that will satisfy the real needs. The basis of a “zero-waste” economy exists but is not effective, largely due to its high cost to implement and run. Valuing a complete chain of waste requires the regulated interaction of all stakeholders, along with a rational and industrial organized concept, with a strong commitment to serving social responsibility. Efforts must not mainly focus on the collection and disposal of solid waste but include generation, onsite storage, collection, transfer and transport, disposal, processing and recovery of solid waste.
Federate the actors around a common goal. A mean to reach this objective is to turn waste into a resource, we can actually adopt a new paradigm that can create opportunities, generating more income for the poorest, more jobs, allowing public spending on other matters such as education and health, and reusing our natural resources through a more efficient recycling process.
We can and must transform the problem into an opportunity for true sustainability.