Looking at waste

On average we each produce more than 250 kilos of recyclable materials annually – a confection of paper, plastic, aluminum, and a lot of other stuff that should not be buried in the depths of a landfill. Recycling firms are reprocessing not only such standbys as scrap metal, glass and newsprint, but everything from construction debris to worn out tires. Due to price increases from high demand for raw materials in developing countries and increased disposal costs of landfills and incinerators, recycling is fast becoming essential. And in most cases, the process of recycling products remains economically feasible when compared to manufacturing new products from scratch. Realizing the full value of materials through resource management can drive sustainable growth, which would not only be good for the environment, but critical to the economic competitiveness and resilience of a nation.