Skipping back to the future

Posted on April 7, 2008

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Oh no!, It’s back! Leigh has posted this image of another skip full of computer packaging polystyrene. As we’ve discussed before, the recyclers won’t take it as is no good to them until is part of a closed loop (ie they know exactly what is in it), the reuse stream is choked (although I grabbed two bits for teaching!). That leaves reduction. There isn’t really a sensible alternative to polystyrene (with some room for development of extruded popcorn etc) and we do need to protect electronic equipment in transit.

I wonder what would be the consequences if we simply said to our suppliers “we’re not accepting the respsonsibility for this – you find an alternative, or you take it away”?

This is the approach we’re working towards: that we should be insisting that providers of this waste, also provide either less waste, no waste, or a reclaiming system.  I’ve been ringing  ’round though – no one I can find locally has actually been brave enough to do this.   That’s perhaps a good enough reason to do it!

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