You can tell how high a society is by how much of its waste is recycled
Notes for strategic knowledge on Solid Waste Recycling
with knowing comes caring
Our target: to explain how adopting a zero waste approach to waste management is also to undertake resource management
To achieve true sustainability, we must reduce our ‘garbage index”, that which we permanently throw away into the environment and that will not be naturally recuperated for reuse.
Productive activities must be organized as closed systems.
Minerals and other non-biodegradable resources, once taken from the ground, must become a part of society’s permanent capital stock and be recycled in perpetuity.
Organic materials may be disposed into the natural ecosystems to be absorbed back into the nature
Recycling is more expensive for communities than it needs to be.
Objects of modern consumption were rarely designed with recycling in mind.
To save money and resources, products must be designed from the very beginning to be recycled or even “upcycled”, i. e., return to industry with improved, rather than degraded, quality
McDonough & M. Braungart
The case for recycling is strong.
The bottom line is clear.
Recycling saves money and reduces pollution.
Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or incineration
We are recycling not only to protect the environment, but for economic reasons as well.
Disposal is simply too costly and too dangerous.
The challenge is to redirect the flow of raw materials going to landfill into strengthening our local economies
Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run your TV for three hours.
Reynolds Metal Company
It is important mapping the streams of waste to know their cost in terms of transportation.
Before starting, a small informal survey in the spot with dealers, rag pickers and TMC workers could give a preliminary waste audit to understand the main requirements
At the TMC “archive”
Bulbs and tube lights are a challenge. If the Government does not create or subsidy recyclers for them, we will have a mercury pollution disaster.