Strategy to make non-recyclable products financially, morally, or legally undesirable
The concept of recycling
- industrial waste recycling (on site of production)
- profit-driven - companies will invest in recycling to reduce the amount of waste and save money
- planned in forward by manufacuring process optimization, best material selection, ...
- handling of the "cause"
- consumer waste recycling (after consumption/usage)
- legal obligation (EU regulations, government-financed projects, NGOs, ...)
- rarely profit-driven (start-ups)
- handling of the "consequences"
The raising questions
- "Green policies" - some countries, often forced by the regulatory bodies, slowly turn to greener policies
- Influencers try to change awareness of the people by sharing and promoting the "green content"
- Switching to green - many new and a smaller number of older companies tend to change to greener policies. More and more products are being manufactured by recyclable materials and that's really cool.
- Green start-ups - there are many start-ups that aim to find recycling solutions for Styrofoam coffee cups or bottles and that too could bear some fruit.
How can you ensure this doesn't cause more hardship for those with less money
Consumer waste management index and fees
How would it work
- CO2 impact of the transportation
- type of storage (if it needs to be frozen, it raises the impact on the environment --> increased costs)
- type of the waste produced (not all waste is equally hard/expensive to recycle)
- the amount of the waste produced (some products get 99% consumed and some of them less than 50)
- the type of the waste disposal (containers, bags, ...)
- can it be easily collected or gets dispersed/mixed
- distance from the specific recycling location (if can be applied)
- the percent of the waste found in the nature (and the consequences)