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The topic we have decided to explore is the following :
Dans le cadre d’un projet sur le développement durable, nous réalisons un court reportage sur les comportements et les attentes de la population française sur le recyclage des produits.

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Domestic waste has become a major issue over the last decades. It is not slowing down since people consume more and more goods every year. Our contemporary society needs to tackle this problematic seriously since it seriously damages our planet and as a result could jeopardize human race.

Domestic waste is defined as unwanted materials or substance left over from community and household activities. The whole garbage is usually accumulated, stored or treated before being recycled.

Nonetheless, waste is not always concerned with recycling processes. On a global scale, 5.25 trillions of plastic waste have been thrown in the oceans. Somewhere between California and the Hawaiian Islands, there is the "Pacific Garbage Patch", famously known as the sixth continent of waste. In addition, the daily amount of waste emitted by each person almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.4 pounds since 1980.

To address this issue, some people react by creating new ways to live and act, by eating more biologic, separating waste, etc. Yet, we actually haven't changed so much on concrete and waste reduction got worse. In August 2015, we had consumed more than Earth could produce in a full year. Our society of consumerism is one of the main reasons which explain waste surplus, partly due to a totally new lifestyle full of technological advances.

Domestic waste represent a major health issue. The surplus of waste that we strengthen everyday can engender highly dangerous health concerns such as cancer, malformations and reproduction issues. The main victims are wildlife's endangered species and fishes, which are directly affected since waste destroy their natural habitat. In the long-term, the disappearance of such species may have consequences in human race at large.

Nowadays, most contemporary waste management efforts are focused at local government level and based on methods like landfill and incineration. Nonetheless, these methods are getting increasingly expensive. It seems that all these efforts are too focused on a local level rather than on the global citizenship concept. It uses high technology which are not efficient nor practical. Consequently, waste disposal is not sustainable and will certainly have some negative impacts for future generations.

Therefore, more appropriate and sustainable measures need to be adopted. We believe that a good solution should be waste minimization rather than recycling. This is an approach which aims to reduce the production of waste through education and the adoption of improved production processes and less wasteful practices. In addition, while Paris welcomed many countries during the COP21 Summit to address the climate change issue, governments must do their part of the job. They should implement favorable conditions to encourage investors to set up recycling industries to deal with the problem of non biodegradable materials. Laws must also be passed in order to protect and govern environmental standards in terms of waste management.

Even if governments implement reforms and create spaces to recycle and destruct, households' waste habits are the main point our society has to focus on in order to reach our "Stop Wasting" goal.