some days ago I discovered a report about the exploding prices of recycable waste in German TV. It really surprised me, when I heard that the price for glas, paper, metal or even toxic waste – newly referred to as “second-hand ressources” – has increased up to 100% in the past year due to the increasing demand!
Apparently companies – at least the German ones – have recognized that it brings them a competitive advantage, if they recycle waste and use it within their production line and I am quiet happy to see this evolution. One possibility to use this waste, as mentioned in this report, was to transform it into energy by for example burning it. This provides companies a competitive advantage, because they have an energy source which is cheaper than oil for example and which is unlimited.
By searching more information about this topic, I also discovered a very interesting film entitled “waste = food” and I really appreciated the idea that the question is not how to reduce waste, but how to produce even more waste, waste which serves as “food” for nature or other industries. This very new way of adressing ecological production may perhaps be the ultimate solution to the waste problems in our world. If everything we produce, will serve as a natural fertilizer on fields or as a ressource for producing other goods we would perhaps have to close all the waste deposits, our nature would be clean and we could use less environment-destructing oil, gaz or chemical fertilizers. Wouldn’t this be great?
Well, perhaps my vision is a very optimistic one and will never become reality, but despite this, I think that if governments achieve to promote recycling as advantageous in economic terms, even the most environmentally ignorant companies such as Exxon or Gazprom would take off on the road to a cleaner and more sustainable world.
Wish you a great evening and see you tomorrow!