Posted on September 14 2020
Around 80 to 90 million tonnes of waste are generated in Switzerland every year. Because of its high standard of living, Switzerland also has one of the highest volumes of municipal waste in the world. 716 kg of waste per person is counted, only 53% of gets recycled. How can these quantities of waste be reduced?
Plastic packaging, PET bottles, unused magazines and much more: the list of waste we produce every day is very long. These wastes, together with those from industry, add up to the incredible amount of 80 to 90 million tonnes of waste per year in Switzerland. The fact that each and every one of us can do our bit to reduce thewaste is too often forgotten.
Zero waste as a major goal
Several cities around the world have set themselves the goal of acting according to the "Zero Waste" principle. San Francisco, for example, has announced that it wants to become the first big city free of waste. And more and more people are also committing themselves to the zero waste lifestyle. For example, they shop in unpackaged shops, buy only what they really need and pass on to others things they no longer need.
The impact of waste
Products that cannot be recycled or used in any other way end up in the landfill. These waste disposal site release methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas that is linked to climate change. And waste that is not disposed of properly is also a problem. For example, marine litter is a serious threat to many species of animals because it gets tangled up in the litter or swallows it.
Preventing waste is the best way
Regardless of whether the waste is disposed of properly or not, avoiding it is the easiest way to avoid the negative effects. After all, the best waste is the waste that is not produced at all. With a few simple adjustments in everyday life, we can all help to produce less waste:
- Reusable: using stainless steel bottles instead of PET bottles, shopping with your own backpack instead of using plastic bags, using old T-shirts as cleaning rags, and, and, and. The list of how products can be used several times is endless. The basic rule is: reusable before disposable products.
- Unpacked: Nowadays there are unpacked shops in most cities. These offer food, hygiene products and much more unpackaged. This is a simple way of producing as little waste as possible.
- Sell or give away: With the best will in the world, you can no longer use a product? Instead of throwing it away, you can make someone happy with it. Give it to your friends, donate it to people in need or sell it on one of the popular internet platforms. In this way you give the product a second life and don't waste resources.
What NIKIN does
In the NIKIN premises, waste separation is meticulously monitored. Everything possible is separated and recycled. We also make sure that as little waste as possible is produced. For example, cardboard boxes are used several times, TreeBottles are used instead of PET bottles and coffee beans are used instead of capsules. We also participate in World Cleanup Day 2020, an event coordinated by "Let's do it Switzerland". NIKIN is responsible for the organisation and realisation of the event in Lenzburg.