Petrochemicals are not generally biodegradable. 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 throwaway consumerism has resulted in landfills as far as the lorry can carry. The politics of economics has produced trucks 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 landfills filled with 50 years worth of plastic bags which will take 2000 years to decompose and in the process pollute watercourses and tie up poisonous and polluted land. Such land could have been used today for farming if waste were all organic.

Electronic goods are very poorly recycled. 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 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