Dumping of consumer waste products
Other Names: Throwaway society
Proliferation of consumer waste
Unrecycled consumer waste
Nature: Practically all developed and developing countries are facing the problem of disposing of town refuse and municipal waste.
Incidence: The total annual waste volume arising from redundant "white goods" in the UK is estimated at 400,000 tonnes (washing machines 150,000t; dishwashers 20,000t; electric cookers 55,000t; fridges and freezers 85,000t; microwaves 50,000t; tumble driers 20,000t; vacuum cleaners 20,000t), of which washing machines represent a disproportionate 37% considering that they number only 20% of discarded appliances. This is accounted for the concrete balance weights used in most washing machines. Around 75% of this total waste volume is processed in fragmentizers, and the metal portion recycled.
Problem Type: D: Detailed problems
Date of last update 28.02.2000 – 00:00 CET