As the late author and poet Maya Angelou once wrote, "Everything costs and costs the Earth." Her statement reflected on the everyday actions of global citizens, and may be more applicable to the human relationship with waste.
Waste created on this planet comes with a price — whether a toy manufactured and bought before getting tossed into a landfill, or a carton of berries that were planted, picked, purchased, and thrown into the garbage. The price that we pay for the waste that we create has a massive effect on our economy, but that’s not where it ends. It also has a massive effect on land, water, health, communities, and overall wellbeing.