Dd101 Tma02

Study Plan

Outline of Essay
I will be discussing whether rubbish is worthless or not. Does it have any value to anyone, if so who and why.

How we as consumers use, dispose and recycle our waste and whether the increase over the past twenty years is acceptable.
Look at the levels of rubbish that we throw away (Waste Online 2008)
Facts on the increase in rubbish waste over twenty years.
(Defra, 2007).
Discuss the growth in mass consumption and the factors that have a causal effect.
What are the different types of consumption? And what makes us consume in certain ways.
Is our wastefulness justifiable?

Discuss rising affluence and how we spend on necessities v luxuries and what are classed as necessities and what are classed as luxuries.
Do they have the same meaning to everyone?

What type of consumer habits we have developed and what impact this is having on the eco system

Look at the Thomson book ‘Rubbish Theory: The Creation and Destruction of Value’ (1979).
Discussing how rubbish moves from one category to another.(Thomson, M, 1979, p.123)
Discuss the changes in value of the Stevengraph 1979 p.123.4)
What caused the changes to their value over the period. (Godden, 1971, p.124)

Discuss the ecological impact of mass consumption and the disposal of our rubbish (WRAP, 2008a, 2008b)
Our changes in perception of how we dispose of rubbish
Ecological Day and the significance of it to mankind.

Q. Rubbish is not worthless. Identify the arguments for and against this view.

It can be argued that rubbish is worthless, it has a nil or negative value and something that no one wants. Or is it?
To make things more complex, value can take on various meanings. Value can be referred to as something of usefulness this has an   intrinsic value and also an economic dimension in terms of price. Something with high value is deemed expensive whereas something that has no value has a low or zero price.

However value can be complex. It can be...