Waste can be a byproduct of industrial processes - or an item can become waste after it's been consumed.
Waste - be it plastic, micro-plastic, radioactive, or otherwise toxic - can cause major environmental problems. DW presents an automatic compilation of content around the topic of waste.
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The European Union is trying to tackle plastic waste on Europe's beaches. One of the chief culprits is disposable coffee cups. The German city of Bonn is home to just over 320,000 people, but each day they throw away 40,000 disposable coffee cups. However a few cafes are showing a green alternative.
We are drowning in plastic! It pollutes our oceans, beaches, rivers and forests. Let's talk solutions. We meet "trash heroes" in Indonesia's Bali who are trying to do away with plastic. The East African country of Kenya was so fed up with its plastic waste, it imposed a ban on plastic bags one year ago. We check in to see how they are faring. And we have more on bioplastics.
The white sand along Morocco's coast is extremely popular with tourists who come to enjoy scenic walks, soak up the sun and go swimming. One would think. But imagine wading into the water, feeling the salt on your skin, diving under the waves… and swimming into a cluster of plastic waste. Morocco depends on tourism, and yet attempts to implement a new environmental protection regime are flagging.
A video of a diver swimming through a nightmarish soup of plastic bags and food wrappers off the coast of Bali in Indonesia went viral earlier this year, sparking anger and calls for action to tackle ocean pollution. Indonesia is the world's second-largest source of marine plastic waste, after China. Maria Bakkalapulo went to Bali to find out how people there are trying to cut down on plastic.