Essay Outline The Argument That Rubbish Is Not Worthless

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TMA02 Outline the argument that rubbish is not worthless. Over the past century as people have become more affluent, we have moved in to a consumer society. With this shift we are now generating more rubbish than ever before. In this paper I will be outlining and discussing how not all rubbish, waste or things we consider to have zero value are worthless. As with every argument there are two sides, while the reusing and revaluing of rubbish has positive effects on society economically and creating a healthier and more sustainable environment, sometimes getting materials to this stage can have detrimental effects. Countries that we send our rubbish and waste to, to dispose of are suffering from greater pollution. Vulnerable workers on very low pay are being used in this operation,…show more content…
We are now, through higher levels of consumption creating more rubbish or waste than ever in England. Between 1983 and 2007 there has been a rise from 397kg per person, per year to 508kg an increase of nearly 28%. With only 31% of this rubbish being recycled. (Defra, cited in Brown, Making Social Lives, p117, 2009, The Open University). With less space each year for landfills and rubbish tips, the process of disposing of rubbish which is not recycled is increasingly being moved overseas to countries like China. Although this may be seen as creating jobs, it is having a major effect on people’s health and the environment. Beijing’s concentration of PM 2.5 particles – those small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream are dramatically rising. The World Health Organization recommends a safe level of 25 micrograms per cubic metre, earlier this year this level rose to 505 micrograms”. (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/25/china-toxic-air-pollution-nuclear-winter-scientists Jonathan Kaiman, The Guardian,
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