Cash from trash: could it clean up the world?
The world is facing a growing waste problem, with 2bn tonnes produced last year alone. Is it possible to clean up this mess by turning trash into cash?
Dr Clare Richardson-Barlow, Research Fellow in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE), features in The Economist’s video ‘Cash from trash: could it clean up the world’, speaking about waste management and sustainable transitions in the Asia-Pacific.
Dr Richardson-Barlow cautions against placing too much faith in recycling or upcycling: "...in terms of looking at how we manage waste we need to remove this idea of a silver bullet altogether. There is no single technical solution that is going to fix everything. There is a trend globally that we are producing too much waste in contrast to how quickly we are managing it and finding alternative methods and uses for our waste."
Image “Scattered plastic waste at Linshanbi, Taiwan’ by Alika 113 licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.