When we speak about the economy we think about the environment and when we speak about the environment we think about the economy. We held our daily activities with limited resources. This is one of the main reasons that to realize products and services, economic agents (individuals, families, businesses and governments) are looking forward to the recycled materials. This occurrence has a great indication on national and international productivity, in environment and sustainable development too. In about last 20 years, modern humanity, without neglecting three main factors of production, land, labor & capital, has been focused at entrepreneurial skills and technological innovation as two other promising factors of production for the future, and as a result, the focus of economic agents has been oriented towards projecting, technology changes and recycling. This has created a gap, which must be filled very quickly by/with laws, ethics, inspectorates, etc, requiring individual sensitivity and collective strategies, policies and concrete actions to interact production, consumption, distribution and redistribution of products, services and risks associating even with the sense of cycled materials, to guarantee not just survival of the planet, ecosystems and biodiversity, but to improve continuously the life quality of humans.
The recycling of liquid, solid and gas refuse is a theoretical, political, ethical, judicial, economic, nutritional, agricultural, scientific, technological, financial, managerial, etc issue. Confronting it requires supranational focus, suitable qualifications and trainings, finding and distributing best practices applicable, clear laws, application and respect of them, etc, to reduce in minimum the indication of recycled materials in our daily life, in our health, on biodiversity in soil, water and air, on our individual, national and international economy, reducing uncertainty and risks associated. The green economy requires dialogue and understanding of ideas, views, needs, desires of interested parties.
In a lot of countries today differentiated collection of waste has been applied and starting from 2015, two aspects: risk management and life cycle of products, have been added on ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Standards, especially on sectors of plastics, information technology, wires/ cables, construction, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc, as mandatory procedures/requirements for certification. This leads to better laws (international quality standards serve as a source to improve national legal systems). All of those leads towards a better management of liquid, solid and gas refuses, recycling them under ethical, legal, scientific, managerial bases, reducing raw materials’ consumption, lowering emission of dangerous substances on environment, developing technologies that improve recycling and number of recycles of materials, promoting a better flow of liquid, solid and gas refuses-based products management.
Written by Dr. Enriko Ceko, External lecturer for the JUMP Team
Head of Economics and Management Department, at University College “Qiriazi”, lecturer at University College “Wisdom”, Senator of World Business Angels and Investments Forum and Lecturer at WBAF Business School, Global Entrepreneurship Department, Humanitarian Ambassador of International Peace Association for Albanian Nation, President of Conservative Academy, Executive Director of Albanian Center for Sustainable Development, Executive Director of Albanian Center for Waste Recycling.
30 July 2021
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