Idea Cards, Week 8 – Home Waste Management Business

Idea Cards, Week 8 – Home Waste Management Business

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Comment by Linda Martinello on March 9, 2012 at 3:13pm

This is an intelligent way to overturn the perspective: from "waste" to "resource", giving it also a monetary value. It could be easily implemented, bringing benefits to many households and companies as well... and besides the municipalities will have to pay less money for waste disposal, if the service of collecting separate materials will be carried out by the companies interested in it.

Comment by Julia Nussholz on April 16, 2012 at 4:20pm

I am not quite sure if this decentralized form of waste management within small family enterprises, is more efficient than a centralized, municipal one with respective expertise and technology. I am wondering how it would be possible for each small business to find sufficient purchasers who are interested in such small amount of materials? On a larger scale, this idea doesn't really seem feasible to me. Waste disposal is a municipal task because it doesn't yield enough revenues for private enterprises. However, the idea to recylce much more and resell those material is indeed crucial. If it will become a profitable business which yields sufficient revenues, than municipalities could either themself make a source of income out of it or hand it over to the private sector. But I am not sure whether this should than be organized as small scale family businesses.


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