It’s a bit like back to the future when we think of 2025; we still have ideas that we’ll all be on hoverboards but in reality, things will pretty much still be the same.
Currently, our recycling targets and legislation comes from the European commissioner and the European Union. Our current targets set by the European Union for 2025, includes a reduction of food waste by 30%.
The new targets don’t just concern the use of plastics and materials; the word ‘waste’ is also being targeted as this implies that much of the products are unable to be re-used in any way.
The change in legislation aims to recognise the opportunity waste brings to re-use and repurpose products for added value. By 2025 the goal isn’t to have ‘waste disposal’ but a ‘reprocessing industry’; this will work to return valuable resources to manufacturers who recycle responsibly. This, in theory, will encourage industries to recycle helping with profits and resources.
Waste companies are businesses which means they are still intending to make a profit; like any industry buying and selling waste turns a profit, a reduction in waste can mean a loss of profit. By 2025 recycling companies will be encouraged to transform our waste into a reusable and sustainable energy source.
It is thought by 2020 biological technologies could provide a major breakthrough in both renewable energy and the opportunity to deal with waste in a sustainable way.
Unfortunately, the challenge to turn the UK into an eco-friendly, energy efficient country isn’t just in the hands of businesses and the government. Between now and 2025 the public attitude towards recycling will need to change. Over half of the food produced around the world ends up in a dustbin, either unpurchased, over purchased or considered ununiformed making it unfit for sale.
In South Korea residents are given smart cards; when recycling or disposing of waste they are required to scan their card and weigh their waste. This new method helps to hold those using the waste system accountable for the volume of waste they are disposing of. It is thought that introducing a system like this to the UK could quickly change people’s thought process when throwing out rubbish without recycling.
General house waste is a huge issue for the UK; unfortunately, the problem is continuing to grow as laws change and landfills begin to overflow. As a technology recycling company, our main concern is the volume of technology that is disposed of through household bins. Many consumers don’t consider what happens to the tech when it’s chucked out in the general waste; even fewer consider the value of the precious metals inside the product.
If you’ve been throwing out your old laptops, tablets, mobiles and printers via the general waste bin at home, we’re here to help! Recycling your gadgets is the most eco-friendly thing you can do with your old gadgets.