My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, November 08, 2008

The end of recycling????

Perhaps the City of Ottawa can save money by eliminating recycling....but this report is from the UK...
Thousands of tonnes of rubbish collected from household recycling bins may have to be stored in warehouses and former military bases to save them from being dumped after a collapse in prices.

Collection companies and councils are running out of space to store paper, plastic bottles and steel cans because prices are so low that the materials cannot be shifted. Collections of mixed plastics, mixed paper and steel reached record levels in the summer but the “bottom fell out of the market” and they are now worthless. The plunge in prices was caused by a sudden fall in demand for recycled materials, especially from China, as manufacturers reduced their output in line with the global economc downturn.

Local authorities and collection companies are so concerned about the mountains of paper, plastic bottles and cans that they are having to store that they have called for storage regulations to be eased.

Officials from the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are considering changing the regulations on the storage of recycled waste and are expected to issue new guidelines next week. They have been urged to relax the rules limiting the quantity of waste that can be stored and to allow it to be kept in secure warehouses or abandoned military bases and former airfields.
What...are they going to store waste until prices go up???? Gee, landfills are the answer...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

burn it generate power.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if you could stake a claim for mining rights on abandoned dumps. All that metal and plastic could be valuable someday.

On a more immediately practical level, what's wrong with storing materials until the price rises. They were at record highs this summer according to the article. Commodities like minerals swing in price all the time. So do commondities like used paper. Just because we've used it once doesn't taint it in some way.

11:35 PM  

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