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Junkyard planet: Adam Minter

November 2014

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

Junkyard planet

Overview

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

Relevance

GCSE:
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

A Level:
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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