Tackle Waste & Pollution
Lessen the amount of waste and pollution resulting from tourism
As an industry prone to overconsumption, tourism consequently produces a substantial amount of waste and pollution. In some places, tourists produce up to twice as much waste as local residents. This can put incredible strain on local waste management systems, causing landfills and sewage plants to overflow. Another major issue is the improper disposal of trash, raw sewage, and toxic chemicals by tourists, hotels, cruise ships, and others. In addition to making destinations less attractive, this litter and pollution can have detrimental effects on local people and wildlife.
While tourism contributes to our global waste problem, the industry can also be part of the solution. Tourism has the potential to build awareness around the issues and spur waste infrastructure improvements. If we want to preserve the beauty and health of the places we visit, we must take action to reduce the amount of waste we create and practice proper disposal.
Certain types of waste issues are more prevalent in tourism and pose a challenge for destinations to manage
Tourism generates a large amount of single-use plastic waste which poses a problem for local disposal systems and environments.
An often overlooked type of waste, food waste is particularly a problem within the tourism and hospitality industry.
Improper disposal of sewage and other toxic chemicals by the tourism industry pollutes our waterways and oceans.
Air travel and other travel activities generate carbon emissions and contribute to global climate change.
What's At Stake
Waste and pollution have far-reaching impacts on environments, wildlife, visitors, and communities
Trash that is left behind in parks and along trails detracts from the natural beauty of scenic areas.
What We're Doing
Clean & Healthy Destinations
We help destinations improve how they manage waste to create cleaner and healthier environments for residents and visitors alike.
We teach travelers how to adopt eco-friendly travel habits that create less waste and to dispose of their garbage properly so that they leave no trace.
Zero Waste Business
We help tourism businesses adopt sustainable practices and improve their waste management processes to minimize the amount of trash and pollution they produce.
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