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Talking rubbish

April 2006

Trans-national movement of waste: are we living sustainably?

Talking rubbish

In 2003 the UK produced 330 million tonnes of waste.

The amount grows by 1.5% every year.

New EU laws are putting pressure on councils to reduce the volume of waste destined for landfill.

In order to meet these new requirements, can we increase the amount we recycle within the UK or must we increase our overseas exports of recyclables?

The Royal Geographical Society with IBG recently organised a conference where representatives of business and government met with geographers – all under the eyes of the national media - to debate these controversial issues.


The themes covered by the conference (11 April 2006) were highly relevant to the teaching of geography in schools, notably:

  • KS3 Unit 14: Can the earth cope?
  • A-level Sustainable Development (all boards)
  • AS-level Urban Futures (Edexcel Spec B)

In the Members' Area:

  • Why do we send our rubbish abroad?
  • When is rubbish a resource?
  • Are we living sustainably?

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