‘Rubbish has no value’. Identify the arguments for and against this view. Essay Plan:
Introduction - Explain the word ‘rubbish’ and introduce the related issues. 2.
Consumer society, mass consumption and rising affluence – introduction to history, grounds and effects. 3.
Rubbish as a valuable material; Michael Thompson theory and re-valuation; waste as a useful resource. 4.
Conclusion – best ways to handle the rising problem like mass consumption, production, rubbish and how to protect it – recycling.
Rubbish is a word used to define unwanted material; something that is worthless and disvalued. It refers to waste in the sense that is no longer of use, so it can be described as it has zero value. It would seem straight forward, but value is a complex term. All items have no value as long as people will value them. A contemporary society has the power of giving the value to the items or making them worthless. Those practices occurred due to rising affluence over the years transforming a post-industrial society into a consumer society. The higher interest in what is consumed has increased the amount of waste, which has become a global problem.
“An important feature of contemporary British life” (Taylor et al, 2009, p. 49) is a consumer society. At the present times people have more money and easy access to credits, which enable them to buy more items they want. The modern society is increasingly organized around consumption of goods and leisure rather than production of materials and services. Social scientists describe consumption “as just as important as production and work” (Taylor et al. 2009, p. 22) in a post-industrial society around thirty years ago. The waste has been produced as same as today, but people could afford to fix damaged items free of costs or at a very low price and re-use them again. As the affluence has been rising over the years, mass production and technology have become well known to most of the people and the consuming started...
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