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Throwaway Economy Headed for Junk Heap of History

Throwaway Economy Headed for Junk Heap of History | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The production, processing, and disposal of materials in our modern throwaway economy wastes not only materials but the energy embodied in the material as well. The throwaway economy that has evolved over the last half-century is an aberration that is now itself headed for the junk heap of history."

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UNEP: EU wastes 99% of its high-tech metals | EurActiv

UNEP: EU wastes 99% of its high-tech metals | EurActiv | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Recycling less than 1% of high tech metals, Europe has no moral justification to blame the Chinese for restricting their exports of rare earths, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker from the United Nations Environment Programme argued in an interview with EurActiv.com.

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We can recycle plastic

"Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled -- compared to almost 90% of metals -- because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic."

TED presentation by Mike Biddle: too good to be true?

 

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