The waste industry is big business in the U.S. and worldwide, but it’s still relatively new to the public.
For that reason, many companies, nonprofits, and governments are pushing for better data collection, transparency, and enforcement of the rules.
In 2016, the United Nations announced the World Resources Institute’s Waste Management Framework, a roadmap to create a “clean economy” that “reduces the need for human labor, wastes and waste.”
That goal includes making waste management a central focus for government, corporate, and other stakeholders, as well as for developing innovative approaches to managing waste.
But with the emergence of social media, people are becoming more savvy about how to use data to improve their lives.
This article describes the basics of collecting and using data to help people in various ways, such as in your business, in your home, and in the community.
If you’re looking for more information, see the World Resource Institute’s guide to collecting data on waste and recycling, as a reference guide to learn how to collect, manage, and share information on waste.
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