In many parts of Europe, people take recycling and garbage disposal seriously. In particular, the Netherlands is known for its waste management model.
The vast majority of the Dutch population recycle their waste and for every two million tons of paper and glass collected, close to 90% gets recycled and used to make new products.
Their approach to waste management is simple, according to Waste Management World , they avoid creating waste as much as possible, recover the valuable raw materials from it, generate energy by incinerating residual waste, and only then dump what is left over – but do so in an environmentally friendly way. This approach – known as 'Lansink's Ladder' after the Member of the Dutch Parliament who proposed it – was incorporated into Dutch legislation in 1994 and forms the basis of the 'waste hierarchy' in the European Waste Framework Directive.
A video shared on social media this morning has gotten a lot of attention. It shows what it looks like in the Netherlands when they take out the trash.
Based on what I was able to read up on the process, you would need a key to access the box which opens up to a smaller area and when you close the lid, the garbage will then drop into the bigger box below. The bins are designed in such a way that rats and other animals can't get in.
This method not only increases capacity but also gets rid of the smell and keeps the trash out of sight.
After a little more reading, this kind of waste management is quite common in Europe. Apparently they have the same set up in Portugal, Spain, Istanbul and France as well.
I hope we begin to do this too.