Mining our landfills for valuable recyclables
It’s a short interview, well worth listening to, with Peter Mills, commercial director at New Earth Solutions.
His company is considering rubbish mining.
In the interview, you’ll hear how entrepreneurs such as Peter Mills, are waking up to the fact that hidden in our landfills are billions of tonnes of plastic and metal.
As raw materials become more expensive and fossil fuels run out, it seems there might just be money in mining our old rubbish for valuable recyclables.
Recycling rubbish already provides a living for some in developing countries; is that the next stage for the UK too?
According to Peter (from Peter’s environmental notes), a book written by Vance Packard, called ‘The Waste Makers’, published in 1960 prophesied that ‘in the future’ we would be mining our rubbish dumps for the material we had thrown away when the natural resources that had been squandered had started to dry up……..
It looks like the future might be now.
What do you think when you hear about this?