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A confession: I’m not a localist when it comes to recycling


You might be looking at the wrong end of the process, Nick. Imagine a world where packaging came with simple colour-coded symbols (traffic lights) to indicate 'recyclability'. Would that influence your buying and cut the amount of poor-quality secondary materials you throw away? Something similar is used for energy ratings on fridges. How often do you see a fridge with a B rating these days? Manufacturers were too embarrassed to put anything less than As on the market. Packaging could also carry numbers matching numbers on your bin so you would know which piece of packaging goes where. All the above requires buy-in from the waste producers, not the hard-pressed waste collectors. And way better design. Design locks in waste before the products even hit the shelves.

Posted date

5 October, 2018

Posted time

10:08 am