In a time of diminishing natural resources and increasing demand for goods, an economy based on repair, reuse and recycling makes sense from both an environmental and economic perspective. Recovery and reuse are much preferable to wanton consumption and subsequent disposal.
Over the last few years, the concept of a “circular economy” has gained increased momentum and attention, becoming a buzzword in policy and business circles in Europe and around the world.
As we examine the challenges of the nation’s recycling landscape, it’s good to keep in mind two basic truths: There will always be a huge segment of the population that insists on opportunities to recycle. And recycling is here to stay.
Recycling is one of those words that remind us of the famously used phrase from Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, which he used to describe his threshold test for obscenity. “I know it when I see it,” Stewart wrote in 1964.
Resource Recycling readers may be familiar with the jabs at recycling that came through several editorials distributed nationally recently. It feels like deja vu as we are reminded how these same basic attacks have been recycled over and over in the last 25 years.
With the COP21 gathering wrapping up last week, we’ve all heard plenty of talk about key areas of focus when it comes to slowing down the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. But are the actions being discussed really the most cost-effective strategies?