Most of the waste that ends up in municipal landfills comes from the housing and communal sectors. Municipal authorities are aware of the need for the separate collection of different waste streams for recycling and have installed coloured containers for different types of recyclable waste near to residential areas.
However, not all citizens are willing to separate their waste. While some people do dispose of their paper, glass, plastics and food waste in the appropriate containers, other people simply dump their waste in the bin without sorting it. When their dustbin is full, they even start putting mixed waste in the colour-coded containers.
Discuss the conflicts and the possible solutions, as well as the opinions of the various parties. Present your own point of view. How do you think the problem can be solved?
Housing companies do not have the necessary staff to run community information campaigns. They do not consider awareness raising to be among their tasks.
Many people are unaware of the importance of waste separation and do not think that they are obliged to participate. The sorting of waste has an unattractive image in society: it may be associated with the waste picking activities on which homeless people typically rely.
Environmentalists have the necessary knowledge and skills to organise information and awareness-raising campaigns, but may lack the financial resources.