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.
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)