the UK government reports that a tonne of gold embedded in electronics is landfilled in this country every year.
Because the environmental rules about how you may process electronics to remove that valuable gold are too restrictive.
If you want more recycling to be done then you’ve got to make it cheaper to do the recycling. Or you can have very strict rules about such recycling (here the rules are about the lead which is co-extracted with the gold) and get less recycling.
But what you can’t have is very strict rules about how you recycle and also lots of recycling.
And this is just bullshit:
The 2012 Greendex survey found that people in poorer countries feel, on average, much guiltier about their impacts on the natural world than people in rich countries. The places in which people feel least guilt are, in this order, Germany, the United States, Australia and Britain, while the people of India, China, Mexico and Brazil have the greatest concerns. Our guilt, the survey reported, exists in inverse proportion to the amount of damage our consumption does. This is the opposite of what a thousand editorials in the corporate press tell us: that people cannot afford to care until they become rich. The evidence suggests we cease to care only when we become rich.
“Consumers in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, China and India,” the survey tells us, “tend to be most concerned about issues like climate change, air and water pollution, species loss and shortages of fresh water … In contrast, the economy and the cost of energy and fuel elicit the most concern among American, French and British consumers.” The more you have, the more important money becomes. My guess is that in poorer countries empathy has not been so dulled by decades of mindless consumption.
Because the more advanced the technology we use the less effect we have upon the environment. An urban laddie like me affects the forests and the prairies a great deal less than some slash and burn peasant farmer, d’ye see?