It is be coming increasingly evident we are now a throw away society.
Ceiling Fans: In the old days a ceiling fan came in 5 speed or variable speed(Crompton Parkinson),(they lasted for ever) then the brains of society got together and changed that, and went with a three speed fan. Now we all know that on a 3 speed fan the low is too slow, the high is too fast so essentially we have a one speed fan.
Now the little control bit in the wall keeps "stuffing up", so people throw away the fan or get the local electrician to put another gadget in the wall.(for the rest off your life).
Gas Cook Tops. We purchased a gas cook top. Works really good, but then the electric starter failed. Well you cannot put a new starter in unless you dismantle it from the top. So I ring up the gas guy, but he is booked up for 6 months with warranty jobs, but gets on the phone to my electrician son to explain how to fix it..
So when you snap off all the stainless screws, and when you stuff up all the o-rings associated with the burners you get to the electric starter and replace it. Then drill out the screws and easy-out whats left then purchase the spare parts.
Or better still throw it away and buy a new cook top.
So I did a survey of the locals, and found every gas top installed in the area needs a B-B-Q gas lighter.
Buy a V8 ute or diesel ute and you go down to the local(mechanic) and he replaces the majority of the exhaust system, installs a new system, throws in a better chip and you drive away with more power, and 100 - 150 klms better fuel economy per tank. The original system goes in the steel bin.
Now we move to Politicians, when they pass the use by date, they are discarded and in the latest case recycled as the speaker of the house.
So while we have developed into a throw away society some recycling is still in progress.