In several entries I've talked about the "recycling", lessons learned, and even how to address it properly. For several years I tried to find the root cause of the continuing failures of the programs implemented in this topic. Common reasons that I hear repeatedly is the lack of awareness, lack of resources, institutional weakness, political interests, consumerism, among others. However, these in my view, symptoms and consequences are not the reason. A few weeks ago, there were a number of situations and conversations that showed me that there are many myths about waste management, which meant that I was asking the wrong question. Then we will see the five myths that I think are the most representative and how to address them. Myth 1 All non-landfill disposal is called recycling.
It all started when I learned that you can build houses from, and began to document in the subject. Within the process of consolidating this technology someone spoke of "Building with recycling." That was the first click in my head, because I really was not recycling, was making efficient use of these materials, to produce a "product" with characteristics very different from the original products (for clarity see). Myth 2 The various waste management systems are considered complementary and not mutually exclusive A friend told me that the filling of Joanna (where waste is dumped Bogota) was closed and the solution was finally recycling. While it is true, must lower the amount of waste that are disposed in landfills and increase the use of materials from industrial and domestic consumption, one can not say that it is necessary to abolish the first and second position.