waste will become a reality, if not by choice then by the force
of the world is increasing. Its natural resources are decreasing.
Its natural resources are decreasing. Possibly in our lifetime,
we will consume all the virgin resources from Mother Earth and have
to conserve and farm for what we need, repairing and reusing products
and recycling resources to sustain life on the planet.
well happen within the next 50 years, said Richard Anthony, a founding
member of the Grassroots Recycling Network. Right now it will take
four planet earths to provide everybody on this planet with the
same lifestyle we have here in the United States. The earth's population
will reach 10 billion people in the next millennium if population
control issues are not settled. Given that scenario, it will take
a world planning effort to provide for the needs of life on this
question the motives and credibility of anybody who says people
end to mankind's reign? Most likely not. It's human nature to reuse
material rather than throw it away. In the United States, we are
returning to our recycling roots, Anthony said.
is, and always has been, the American way for discard management,"
he said. "It has never really been a part of the American way
to bury reusable and recyclable materials."
|In the next
20 years, we can have the collection and processing systems online
worldwide to reuse, repair and recycle 90 percent of our discards,
he said. At that point, the people can use the power of government
to ban the making of products that cannot be reused, repaired or
recycled. Landfills will be a thing of the past, and in many cases
old land will be used for processing materials. Advance disposal
fees will cover the cost of recycling, and recycling bins will replace
recycling containers are as convenient and recognizable as trash
containers, the right material will get in them," Anthony said.
"I know that people will recycle. After 30 years of observing
recycling programs ranging from volunteer drop-off centers to mandatory
separation and seeing the increase in the US recycling rate from
less than 10 percent to over 30 percent, I question the motives
and credibility of anybody who says people won't recycle."
also will change the way he spends American dollars. The voting
public will ask the government to revise the tax law to eliminate
government subsidies for virgin materials, which undermines recycling,
and to create incentives that reward businesses for using secondary
materials, Anthony said. Secondary feedstock will be the basic feedstock
for making products.
|"None of this is
brain surgery," he said. "We're not cloning anything or
splitting any atoms. We are going to use the power of the individual
to act in a naturally friendly way to separate discards for repair
and recycling, with the goal of eliminating the need to bury stuff
in the ground or burn it."
|Today, we could recycle
80 percent of our waste if we all were on the same page, Anthony
said. The GRRN is in the process of building a network of environmental
groups to push people and companies toward talking individual and
corporate responsibility about what we do with our discards. The
consuming public, by their purchasing actions, will complete the
recycling revolution, he said.