Recycling our future: a global strategy by Ranjit S. Baxi
By Ranjit S. Baxi
We are living in a throw-away society and but what's discarded is an important uncooked fabric and factor being traded as a worthy commodity worldwide. Baxi highlights the pressures and demanding situations dealing with governments and the industry.
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25 We are told that the Gulf Stream which influences our climate was being affected by increased carbon emissions and yet Professor Carl Wunsch, Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says in fact it is predominantly driven by the wind and has always urged caution when jumping to conclusions. ’26 This is not the place to fight the global warming debate but I would say the counter-arguments all need to be scientifically not emotionally evaluated by our politicians and legislators.
It was binding on all businesses that if they used packaging, they were responsible for recovering their own packaging. Similar systems were soon rolled out in other European countries. 31 Recycling Our Future Landfill tax applies to all waste disposed of in a landfill unless the waste is specifically exempt. The aim is to break the link between economic growth and waste growth so that most products should be either reused or their materials recycled. Failing that energy should be recovered from other wastes where possible which ideally leaves a small amount of residual material for landfill.
The pyramid is illustrated in Figure 2 with the emphasis of course on the prevention of waste in the first place. One of the biggest targets for abuse is plastic. 28 Ethylene is derived from natural gas and petroleum. We use too much of it, wrap everything in it and then just throw it away. In fact the plastics industry has been working hard to address much of this. In the first place we as consumers were all too ready to embrace plastic for every reason from hygiene to convenience when it first arrived, so we should not rush to blame the supermarkets.