Pollution and waste should not be put into the environment faster than the environment can degrade and recycle them, or render them harmless.

In nature, waste material from an organism usually becomes a meal or resource for another organism. For example, birds will use dead branches or leaves to build their nests; microorganisms and worms in the soil turn leaves and dead animals into humus, which in turn becomes food for plants; and the organic matter in water, such as animal waste or decaying leaves, provides food for aquatic microorganisms.

Although these natural cycles have evolved over millions of years, man is rapidly upsetting the balance by producing an ever-increasing amount of waste.

Consumption and waste
Life cycle
In Central and Eastern Europe
What the public can do

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