Waste is a word that can mean different things to different people. To most, the word ‘wasted’ is associated with money being wasted in a variety of ways. However, some see waste as something that is not so easy to define and often involves words like ‘spoilage’, which is an even more difficult word to understand. This article will seek to define waste so that everyone has a clear understanding of what it means.
A simple definition of waste is ‘the reduction of value’. It therefore says that if something is used more than is necessary, then it is wasted. For example, food that is thrown away because it does not eat or spoil is considered to be wasted food. Similarly, any excess stock that is not used within a set time (such as excess winter clothes bought in January but not worn for six months) is also considered to be wasted stock. Therefore, it is the amount of money spent on items that is considered to be wasted.
As mentioned above, waste can also be measured in terms of the amount of money that is lost or wasted each time something is used. In order to do this, something must be measured such as pounds, liters or gallons. By measuring every single unit, you can establish how much waste is being made. In order to determine the amount of waste per individual, you need to take into account only the useful output and the amount of waste created, i.e.
It is important to remember that all of us create waste from time to time. For example, food spoils after a period of time and has to be discarded. Bottled water, food packaging wastes, chemicals and the like are examples of something that people create that needs to be discarded. The only thing different with these examples of waste is the amount of waste created is considerably higher than the amount of useful output.
Waste can also be measured in terms of the money and its value saved through avoiding it. This can be determined by calculating how much money is lost through not using something every time. This means that money can be saved through preventing waste if the right measures are taken. For example, steps taken to reduce food waste may involve reducing packaging or using reusable containers.
A very important thing to remember when trying to avoid wasting is that it is everyone’s duty to protect the environment. There is a limit to everything and so should there be a line of attack to environmental pollution. You can help ensure that environmental pollution does not harm future generations by thinking about the ways that your actions impact the present and future generations. This will go far in saving not only money but time, effort and energy as well. In short, avoiding unnecessary waste and producing something of value can go a long way to saving our planet and stopping environmental pollution.