Rubbish Has No Value Essay

1457 Words Sep 22nd, 2012 6 Pages
‘Rubbish has no value’. Identify the arguments for and against this view.
Essay Plan:
1. Introduction - Explain the word ‘rubbish’ and introduce the related issues.
2. Consumer society, mass consumption and rising affluence – introduction to history, grounds and effects.
3. Rubbish as a valuable material; Michael Thompson theory and re-valuation; waste as a useful resource.
4. Conclusion – best ways to handle the rising problem like mass consumption, production, rubbish and how to protect it – recycling.

Rubbish is a word used to define unwanted material; something that is worthless and disvalued. It refers to waste in the sense that is no longer of use, so it can be described as it has zero value. It would seem straight forward,
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The increase in household income and disposable income as same as the big range of supermarket products and availability has led to an increase in waste. An extra packaging, a replacement of reusable items for disposal one-time-use items or old-fashioned, dysfunctional or broken goods still needed to be put into waste, especially that “repair services for household goods and appliances have become more expensive” (Taylor et al. 2009, p. 113). One of the examples of waste increase would be disposable nappies, which in 1960s or even 1980s were unheard of as everyone used cloth nappies which were reused time and again. Therefore it became “cheaper to throw away an item and buy a new one than to get something repaired” (Taylor et al. 2009, p. 113). The consequences of unwanted and disposed rubbish can be noticed in all areas where waste is growing constantly day by day and at the present is starting to overfill. All this is caused by mass consumption that the scale of rubbish produced is effecting the environment and “that humankind is now over-consuming the resources and absorptive capacities of the planet” (Taylor et al. 2009, p. 134).
Doctor Phil Longhurst, senior lecturer in strategy, head of the Centre for the Resource Management and Efficiency at Cranfield University points out that “there is a significant recognition now that waste is a serious problem” (‘Making social lives’, Audio CD 1, track 2). He describes the UK geological areas as very

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