In peace-time economy waste acts as a motor for the industry. Fiscal regulations make expenses deductible from profits. Thus companies are encouraged to go through a never-ending cycle of renewal of installations, machinery, buildings, furnishings and the like in order to make full use of tax deductions.

This shameful wasting process, ironically, creates jobs and keeps the economy buoyant, irregardless of it acting as a drain on resources, some of which will be exhausted in this century. Moreover it causes further energy dissipation and environmental pollution.

One wonders why these finite raw materials are not being taxed higher than the factor labour. More expensive raw materials and cheaper labour should solve some problems.
Another aspect is that developing countries are not paid adequately for their raw materials and produce causing inadequate income and poverty of their masses.


2 thoughts on “Waste

  1. Good points,Dimitri. The height of the Industrial Age is over…we can no longer think of success in terms on single use products and play at conscious care of ‘goods’. The issue is huge, and one that requires a paradigm shift in how we think about goods / services / products’ efficiency and development.

    It’s critical that we look at a restorative economy — based on restorative development. We have to begin to look at the cycles of nature and seek ways to imitate — thinking about raw materials that are not developed in to products that are thrown away, rather as products that become the source of future products. This also involves focus, as well, on fair trade value and respect of peoples in all nations.

    A system that once worked as described above, won’t carry us forward. We are looking at resources that are depleting and breakdown of our environment. The principles are really pretty simple. We have to look at waste as ‘food’, at sourcing solar resources as a means of maximizing income and creating biological pathways (biodiversity).

    And, did you know…For every one job waste disposal creates, recycling creates 5-10 jobs. If we pay attention, do our part and seek different strategies, we might get there.

  2. The sad thing is that, especially American’s, find more “profit” in having broken systems and ineffective practices instead of the opposite.

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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