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Euro-bureaucrats & Secondary Recyclables
As you can see in our special feature on house clearance in the Edinburgh area, the export of recyclables could soon be fraught with difficulties. Trade in secondhand electronics, which has been encouraged by the Government in recent years, could be made illegal thanks to the wranglings of a few faceless Euro-bureaucrats. Nobody within the recycling industry or house clearance world thinks that containers filled with dangerous batteries should be dumped on the poor nations of the world, to poison the environment and pollute the land for generations to come.
However, secondhand tvs, fridges from house clearance etc hardly qualify as hazardous material by most people’s definition. The only way a fridege freezer is harmful is if you puncture the bottle on the back. So when we hear that insane rules will prevent developing nations from importing valuable secondary items etc., we have to ask, why? As you will read David Bowold, of the British Secondary Electronics Publishers, is of the opinion that protectionism rather than environmentalism is the real reason.
By restricting the supply of secondary house clearance materials from the developed countries around the world, the development of poorer nations can be delayed. We could be in the position when a company in a developing country, which has a technically and environmentally sound plant to reprocess raw materials is unable to import sufficient secondary materials. If the EU wants to help poorer nations protect their local environment, then why does it not fund the construction of recycling plants in such countries, rather then force a nation’s economy to rely totally on raw materials, which is in itself potentially more environmentally damaging. After all, hasn’t Brussels rammed recycling targets down everyone’s necks in the name of protecting the environment none more so than in the house clearance industry.
So recycling in Europe is good, but recycling in Africa is bad? This protectionism under the banner of environmentalism is potentially damaging not just to the recycling industries, but to every industry that relies on exports. One can only hope that everyone heeds the warning that David Bowold has given, otherwise we will all be up a certain creek without a paddle well especially us at Edinburgh house clearance.