This trend of 24/7 virtual shopping has some repercussions though. The goods that are ordered then have to be delivered, but these days the delivery services are much more sophisticated, customers being able to specify a date and even a time window up to 10pm in the evening. On the upside this is potentially more efficient on the use of road space and the impact of vehicular pollution. But there is a downside, which is just beginning to show up.
All that stuff comes in cardboard boxes. Sure cardboard can be recycled but local authorities with kerbside collection won’t take it away if it’s not inside the recycling box, as so ably demonstrated here by local councillor and Internet shopaholic Gwyneth Deakins.
Business Waste report:
British households are now producing so much cardboard due to the rise of internet shopping that even generously-sized domestic recycling bins aren’t big enough for many homes, meaning that alternative solutions are required – even if that means communal recycling bins on every street corner; which are a familiar sight across the continent, and already beginning to take root in some parts of the UK.Meanwhile our welsh neighbours on the other side of Offa’s Dyke are hitting another but different recycling problem - Our insane economic system.
According to the BBC Wales report, the market for waste materials has taken a huge hit resulting in losses of up to £1million for Welsh councils.What we are seeing here is the dominant vested interests within a "free market" system controlling the market to maintain the status quo in their favour.
Industry experts have blamed the failing waste market on plummeting oil prices, the economical situation in China, and cheap steel flooding the European market. As a result of these uncontrollable elements, the market price for recycled plastics has dropped by 58%; recycled steel can waste has fallen by a staggering 88%; and prices for recycled glass has tumbled by 67%.