If you’ve traveled abroad, I’m sure you’ve been mesmerized by the cleanliness of some cities that offers both ease for the eyes and the heart. Today we’re going to travel to the top 3 cleanest cities in the world to learn about waste management and how we can aspire to become one of the cleanest cities in the world as well.
Number 1: Calgary, Canada
It is incredible that a city that is an industry city for oil, energy, and mining with a population of more than a million people who produce 2,000 pounds of garbage per year is the cleanest city in the world!
Calgary manages its waste by identifying the problems and focusing on the 5 most important factors that affect the environment including water (must be drinkable and ready for use), air pollution, density and traffic, wastewater management, waste management and recycling.
Calgary employs the “Too Good to Waste” program to manage and recycle its waste. At the beginning, the objective of this program was to get rid of garbage and materials from construction that remains all across the city. In addition, the Green Calgary website offers many useful information and secrets for reducing waste with trainings on how to make natural fertilizers, recycling materials, and reducing garbage, etc.
Most importantly, this city penalizes very harshly people who litter improperly, with a hefty 1,000-dollar fine. The local government also has an excellent garbage collect system. All of this contributing to Calgary, Canada becoming the cleanest city in the world.
Number 2: Adelaide, Australia
The systematic garbage management and recycling program in Adelaide has made it the second cleanest cities in the world. Adelaide recycles up to 85% of its garbage, leaving little waste to worry about in the city.
Number 3: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
The key contributors to Honolulu becoming the 3rd cleanest city in the world is that it has no industrial facilities, has a lot of green areas, and a low density population. However, with the growth of its tourism industry and expansion on the island, more visitors are causing a garbage problem. This is called for serious efforts to manage waste on in Honolulu. There are many businesses that offer to manage waste in each household effectively, which each family is willing to pay for in addition to the government’s waste management program.
Enforcing laws is a key contributor to reducing waste that are environmentally unfriendly. Recently, the Honolulu City Council passed a bill banning businesses and restaurants in Honolulu County from serving food and beverages with plastic straws and utensils and containers made of polystyrene foam.
You can see that the top 3 cleanest cities in the world takes waste management very seriously. The government joins hands with its residents for the cause because they know the value of a clean city, a future for the world, and a life that their next generations can live.
You can also become part of an effort to keep our country and our world clean by simply taking action.