Waste Trade v.s Raw Material
Can we consider waste trade the best solution for waste recycling an for a sustainable future?
Waste elimination, reduction, and recycling programs are undermined by nations who manage waste by exporting it to other countries. It is particularly alarming to note that some nations who are promoting Zero Waste goals, are also exporting their waste to other countries. The main target for a correct waste recycling is the Raw Material use reduction.
That’s mean that:
- We have to reduce waste production
- We have to save energy while we’re recycling waste
In other words I can find a lot of good waste trading web site where I can buy scraps and sell scraps and secondary material:
- http://www.wastexchange.eu (Alternative address)
- http://www.borsarifiuti.com (Italian and European Market)
The keys to success are correcting market failures in the process chain, putting in place a strategic planning framework for resource management, and coordinating the various key sectors. Lifestyle and behaviour change is also a very major issue and coordinated action at a strategic level to research, develop and test effective approaches is needed. Government has a key role in creating the overall climate for resource management and its support for the type of approach outlined in the paper is vital. Without its leadership on this societal change agenda we fear that there will be substantial inertia, delay and inability to meet EU targets across many sectors. Further, what will be put in place will be an inefficient system that will take another 10-20 years to correct at a huge cost. Thus, the way forward is to lift one’s sights to a wider horizon and to the best means to deliver what is required. Adoption of these concepts would require the establishment of an integrated performance and monitoring framework to set targets for the various sectors and track their achievement.
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