Rubbish Has No Value

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‘Rubbish has no value’. Identify the arguments for and against this view. Essay Plan: 1. Introduction - Explain the word ‘rubbish’ and introduce the related issues. 2. Consumer society, mass consumption and rising affluence – introduction to history, grounds and effects. 3. Rubbish as a valuable material; Michael Thompson theory and re-valuation; waste as a useful resource. 4. Conclusion – best ways to handle the rising problem like mass consumption, production, rubbish and how to protect it – recycling. Rubbish is a word used to define unwanted material; something that is worthless and disvalued. It refers to waste in the sense that is no longer of use, so it can be described as it has zero value. It would seem straight forward,…show more content…
Rubbish could be incinerated or disposed of in the landfill sites. There is no value in this and it does increase pollution, which has a negative impact on the environment. Doctor Ross Taylor, director of the Kingstone University of Sustainability Hub ensures that “the public is much more aware of environmental issues and environmental concerns” (‘Making social lives’, Audio CD 1, track 2). The scheme of recycling has been introduced in many places like schools, offices and public areas to improve the way of waste disposal and environmental quality. “Rubbish is therefore more environmentally sustainable, although reducing consumption (including rubbish) in the first place is even better environmentally” (Taylor et al. 2009, p. 135). In result there has been many households and public places provided by local councils with special containers for glass, paper, metal etc. which should at some percentage help our planet to reduce unwanted disposed waste. Having illustrated disvalued rubbish it is also reasonable to look at the other possible ways of disposal or unwanted items’ usage. “The old saying ‘where there’s muck, there’s brass`” (Taylor et al. 2009, p. 119) is still accurate with the present times. If something is being thrown away due to its unfashionable look or is old and used, it still can be useful for others, who can transfer or fix the item and give a second life to it. Sometimes this
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