I've noticed a change in the last decade though. Litter on the streets seems mostly now to be from flavoured milk. Whoever is doing the advertising for flavoured milk appears to have made a significant change to our thinking about the things we drink, possibly because they've convinced us that it's better for our health.
It seems kind of funny that of all things, our trash should be so significantly impacted by advertising!
I imagine that the people managing our rubbish dumps would also have noticed some changes over the years as well. As a youngster I recall televisions and radios etc being quite expensive, but the great thing was they lasted longer than many electrical goods of today. So our dumps today must contain many more of those electrical goods than they did in yesteryear.
We have become such a throw-away society, which is not necessarily the consumer's fault, but rather those of the manufacturers who create the cheapest, and least-lasting goods of all time so that we consumers buy more of their products.
|Organised rubbish dump|
Photo by: Pete Chapman
In fact it would probably be fatal for the economy of each country with no new manufacturing, leading to closure of factories, leading to high unemployment and a major financial depression.
Perhaps developing cheaper technology is not really a bad thing, except for our environment.