Junkyard planet: Adam Minter
The collection of our recycling is only one half of a story which is actually global in scale and represents a multibillion dollar industry worldwide
0 minutes – Introduction
2 minutes – Lecture begins
3 minutes – What is a Chinese scrapyard like? The Foshan Recycling Centre, China
7 minutes – Where does the scrap come from? A global business
10 minutes – How does the USA recycle copper?
14 minutes – How does China recycle copper?
18 minutes – Why does the scrap go to China?
24 minutes – The economics of the recycling trade
27 minutes – The negative side of the recycling trade
30 minutes – Changing our perceptions of the recycling trade
32 minutes – Who are the recyclers historically?
44 minutes – The precision and skill of the recyclers
AQA A – difficulties of disposal of waste, much of which is toxic; development of China as the new economic giant
AQA B – explore a range of globalisation factors, including changing markets, relative labour costs and developments in technology
AQA iGCSE – problems associated with increasing levels of waste
Edexcel A – the differences in waste production between LICs and HICs; how waste is recycled at a local scale and how recycled material is used
Edexcel B – examine urban challenges in the developed world including waste disposal demands
Edexcel iGCSE – the rise of the global economy and the factors encouraging it
OCR A – links through trade between a chosen local place and a chosen non-UK place
OCR B – the environmental, social and economic reasons why the location of economic activity changes
WJEC B – an overview of the factors that drive interdependence
AQA – recycling and its alternatives; flows of capital, labour, products and services
Edexcel – global networks creating flows of trade and money
OCR – study of an urban area to illustrate the problems of managing increasing volumes of waste
WJEC – the impact of outsourcing and offshoring
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