Dump & Recycling Center

Amersham Recycling Centre

Today I visited my local recycling centre of which I have been into for several years prior to this visit to dispose of rubbish. Going into an area with a different outlook and purpose was very enlightening to experience for myself as it gave me a different view and perspective.

I went with the intention of taking some photos of the area for documentation of my visit however; I was abruptly told this is unexcitable and not permitted in the site. This shocked me initially as it seemed as if they felt I was doing something wrong or out of the norm.

Some points I thought interesting from my visit were.

  • Cages lots of sorting and organization for what rubbish
  • The idea that one-person rubbish is someone else’s treasure. The labors on site seemed happy to take anything of value from the disposers before it reached the containers. Anything from cupboard to TV’s and hovers
  • Fly’s and smell in the household containers
  • Collections of types of materials
  • HEALTH and SAFTEY was very prominent within the site


Bournemouth Recycling Centre

Today I visited Bournemouth recycling centre as part of my project development. One of the key aspects of consumption I’m interested in is the process of disposal and Anti-Materiality. Every day hundreds of tons of rubbish is disposed of in the UK from household, commercial and personal waste of which has to be processed and disposed. Within the UK there is strict laws and processes set out for disposing of waste that is a highly controlled process of disposing and recycling. However still everyday a huge amount of rubbish is pushed into landfill or shipped to other countries where the rubbish is processed again or placed into landfills within our countries.

Visiting the recycling centre was particularly of interest to me as exploring the concept of waste I felt it was necessary to see as many parts of the process as possible whilst conducting some primary research. This particular centre is located within the Bournemouth area that was surprisingly busy on a Thursday lunchtime where there was a constant flow of cars arriving and whiles on site. The site allowed visitors to sort their rubbish into primary materials such as wood, metal, gardening, cardboard etc. Although the mixed household rubbish area was significantly bigger than all the others and was the most frequently visited.

This constant use of a general or mixed rubbish area signified to me that other than the rudimentary large significantly different items for disposal in specified areas much of the waste was being disposed in one simple general area. This general area was of much interest to me as it showed how most of the visitors were so detached from the rubbish and products they were disposing of they didn’t even give consideration to attempting to sort this rubbish. Councils have introduced systems like recycling collections to try to aid the better separation of rubbish for disposal however the fact that a system like this had to introduced because of the sheer increasing amount of rubbish being produced.

Another surprising factor was the amount of electronic devices and products being thrown away. Around 40 TV’s, several Desktop Pc’s and monitors were all being disposed of but were being kept within a sheltered area. This indicated to me that the disposal company’s valued these items far more than the people disposing of them did. This made it clear that people of a materialistic generation can also be very un-materialistic. The amount of rubbish being produced has a direct link to that of consumption and the amount of products, goods and that we use and consume.


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