Ways in Which Rubbish Can Be Said to Have Value in a Consumer Society

1173 Words Sep 20th, 2012 5 Pages
This assignment will aim to outline the ways in which rubbish can be said to have value in a consumer society. It will attempt to outline all the various ways value is taken in one form or another from refuse which will include; the ecological value by reducing the space taken up in landfill sites, the value of profit in reducing Local Authority Costs by the selling of recyclable rubbish, the value of conserving natural resources when recycling paper, glass, plastic, clothing and IT equipment. The charitable value of providing clothing both in UK and abroad for those in need of help and food to those who might starve without the aid of charity. The value of education both in the UK and abroad in the re-distribution of IT equipment. …show more content…
The value of recycling paper in a consumer society is the saving of natural resources which would be for each tonne of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water. Again there would be the ecological value of less landfill space consumed.
Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a television for 15 minutes and when you consider in a consumer society the average household goes through 330 glass bottles and jars per year this would equate to a saving of 82.5 hours per year per household. For every 1,000 tonnes of glass recycled a total of 345,000 KWH of energy is saved, 312 tonnes of co2, 1,200 tonnes of raw material and 1,000 tonnes of landfill space is saved. The value of recycling glass would be reduced natural resources used and less landfill space consumed. When you consider glass created 3,000 years ago is still here today it is quite worrying to consider the amount of glass already in landfill sites. Another consideration would be the pure waste of all the glass buried in landfill sites as glass can be recycled repeatedly without any degradation of the material
Before 2007 it was not possible to recycle plastic bottles into new plastic bottles and the recyclability was limited to what they could be recycled into. From 2007 however due to a process called depolymerisation plastic bottles can now be processed into new