Re­cy­cling is for the com­mon good

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

I have sug­gested to my lo­cal coun­cil that they should ad­ver­tise to cit­i­zens that, if we dis­card torch bat­ter­ies, then we are throw­ing away al­most pure zinc and nickel, whereas if we take the small trou­ble to re­cy­cle the same things, then we are pro­vid­ing the com­pa­nies who make new bat­ter­ies for us to pur­chase in a shop, with per­fect raw ma­te­ri­als, such as the above or lithium or cad­mium.

Now the man­u­fac­tur­ers can pro­duce the same bat­ter­ies at a frac­tion of the pre­vi­ous cost. Schools can teach pupils the truths of both chem­istry and eco­nomics, about the com­po­si­tion of metal ore sand the huge ben­e­fits of re­cy­cling, for us and for the planet.

So the coun­cil should tell every cit­i­zen that, by re­cy­cling as much as pos­si­ble, the or­di­nary cit­i­zen is hav­ing a sub­stan­tial ef­fect on the price of goods and the whole econ­omy. We are all able to cut our cost of liv­ing, all to our own ben­e­fit. Doesn’ t that make sense, to look after num­ber one?

I would much pre­fer that the Coun­cils or any other Pub­lic Body did not have to coax any­one to re­cy­cle for rea­sons of their own­self-in­ter­est. The Ger­mans al­ready pos­sess a be­lief that so­ci­ety is all peo­ple work­ing to­gether to­ward the Com­mon Good. Bri­tain needs to think again, be­yond this self-cen­tred cul­ture. Neville Wester­man

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