Biodegradability of petro-chemical derivatives
Posted on February 26th, 2014
The general case is that petrochemicals are not biodegradable and it is perfectly fair to say so. It is only now after years of nagging by environmental groups and that it is becoming trendy to be bio that work is being down on finding more biodegradable materials. And the chemical companies are not the instigators of this trend.
The result of throw away consumerism ahs resulted in land fills as far as the lorry can carry.The politics of economics has resulted in lorries carrying waste through villages and suburbs to bury them elsewhere: high energy production, high energy disposal and no return into the environment to be used for other things.
No, we're talking here about land fills filled with 50 years worth of plastic bags which will take 2000 years to decompose and in the process pollute water courses and tie up land that today is poisonous and polluted which if it had been used in the context of bio organics could otherwise today have been used for farming.
One doesn't need to generalise to say that electronic goods are very poorly recycled today. We're not talking about the glut of recycled paper on the market which has forced down prices because it is a victim of its own success. But in economic terms are we saying here that no-one wants an enormous volume of low cost recycled wood and paper? I fear not. The same buyers who spend all there time driving down prices will find an outlet for that market