Many aspects are changing rapidly due to the increasing population of the current growing world. One of those things that people make for their daily use. A great amount of waste is increasing in line with these man-made objects. Improper management of these wastes is harming the environment. Excessive dependence on industrial in today's world is one of the reasons for the increase in the amount of waste generated by these factories. The amount of waste generated by these factories is unimaginable. According to the World Bank, an average person can produce about 0.74 kg of waste per day. At the end of the year, it comes to a total amount of 2.12 billion tons of waste! And another study by the World Bank predicts that by the year 2050, that the total amount of manmade waste will reach almost 3.40 billion tons. Now, the proper management of these wastes has become one of the major challenges for the world. Various proposals and policies have been adopted to remove all these wastes and pollutants which is produced in the industrial sector. Zero Waste Management is one of the most effective, timely, and environmentally friendly policies.

What is Zero Waste Management?

Zero waste management is a closed-loop system that can be recycled and made usable instead of generating any kind of waste. According to the Integrated Zero Waste Management Alliance in the year 2002, “the concept of ‘waste’ should be eliminated, instead of waste it should be considered as a ‘residual product’ or a ‘potential resource’ and its best use should be made”. Proper use of Zero Waste Management can make industrial and other generated waste fully usable, which is currently being considered as a landmark step in waste management in the developed world.

Includes Zero Waste according to the Zero Waste Management Alliance:

Zero Solid Waste

Zero toxic waste

Zero Dangerous Waste

Zero emissions

In today's world, the industry has been identified as a major source of waste production. Two-thirds of the waste generated from industrial production to non-use is responsible for environmental pollution. Therefore, the Zero Waste Management Policy stands as a timely and acceptable savior to bring the level of pollution in these industries to zero quotas.

Without proper planning and implementation, it is almost impossible to fully implement the zero-waste management policy. Even after adopting 100% reproductive process, it will not be possible to implement this policy because this principle is the key-

First of all, it should be aimed at minimizing waste generation from the very beginning.

Second, to ensure optimum and modern technological facilities for the reuse of generated waste.

Waste must be recycled in all possible ways.

The time has come for all individuals and manufacturers to adopt, review and implement the Zero Waste Management Policy to achieve the desired goals in the field of industrial pollution. This principle can be considered as a standard benchmark in all the industry. Although 100% success is still a long way off, I am hopeful that small initiatives will have a positive impact on preventing future corruption. 

About the Author: Elias Ahmed Nirob is an undergraduate student of the Department of Civil Engineering, Dhaka International University, Green Blogger, Climate activist, and an Eco Club Bangladesh Member (The Earth Needs Love)

Editor Name: Amina Shahzadi