Recycling in brief

Recycling in brief

To focus the problem of garbage, we must bear in mind that waste is a problem of scale and order. Order, in the sense that we all like our house to be in order, for everything to be in its place and for there to be a certain level of organization. In terms of scale, I mean that every year the number of people on the planet increases and we’ve reached the point where there are so many of us and we are consuming so many of our planet’s finite and limited resources, that we are beginning to seriously alter our environment and cause irreversible changes. Scientists have announced that our planet Earth has already entered a new geological era, called Anthropocene.[1]

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Why does garbage grow?

Why does garbage grow?

Previously, we have seen, how garbage does not stop growing and it has tripled in only 50 years.

The causes[1] for the increase in waste are varied but highlighting the following can be highlighted:

  • The inefficiency of the production systems (for each ton of waste used or consumed can generate 20 tons of raw material waste in the extraction phase and 5 tons of waste in its production

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