Secondary First

10 steps towards saving the natural resources

1. Let’s not be less wise than a clever farmer, who first uses what arises on his own farm – manure – for soil fertilisation, and only subsequently buys synthetic fertilisers. Open up your eyes.  

2. Find out, how much and which mineral resources are needed for the economy? See the needs.  

3. Define the actual environmental cost indicators for extracting specific raw materials. Define environmental burden indicators.  

4. Calculate all the costs, including environmental, of the raw material supply, relative to points of origin and use, linked with its extraction, processing into product, delivery to the point of use and building in. Perceive the current cost of natural raw materials.  

5. Define the replaceability of natural raw materials with anthropogenic minerals, either currently arising or once landfilled, indicating access conditions. Notice the alternative sources.  

6. Define any costs of processing into products and delivery to the point of use and partners in this process. Establish costs of alternative solutions.  

7. Calculate the savings of additional costs involved with replacing natural raw materials with anthropogenic minerals and their locations. Find out who is losing or gaining and how much with alternative solutions.  

8. Analyse national and European technical standards, and indicate areas for revision or change, in the light of global BATs. What and by whom needs to be done to change inadequate standards? Remove the standardization barriers.  

9. Analyse the public procurement procedures, whether there exists any preference for the Secondary First? What and by whom needs to be done to change bad laws? Remove the formal barriers.  

10. Find and mobilise partners for implementing the strategy of Secondary First, which – if successfully implemented – should leave for our children more resources than landfills. Easier together.


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