While environmental news can often be dominated by climate change and global warming debates, recycling is holding its own as a hot topic, and it’s easy to see why. Recycling can and does make a real difference to protecting the environment, but if you haven’t read up on the subject, or would like to know more, here are a few facts to emphasise how important recycling can be:
- Mobile phones are known to contain substances that are in the top ten most dangerous known to man.
- The average family in the UK could throw away as much as six trees worth of paper in a year.
- Disposable nappies and plastic bottles could lay in landfill for up to 500 years.
- Estimations are that around 90 % of the rubbish that ends up in our bins is suitable for reuse or recycling.
With the last fact in mind, it’s important to raise awareness of what recycling can do, and why we should all be aware of the impact we can make. Recycling products, whatever they may be, can reduce the use of natural resources, which helps protect natural products which would otherwise be mined or forested, and reduce the energy consumption used during manufacturing processes. The end result is also a reduction in the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, something which is often highlighted, as our seemingly innocent rubbish has produced vast quantities of methane, a potent and unwanted greenhouse gas.
Electricals, food waste, garden waste, cans and glass, paper and plastic, are all regularly recycled, either through local council collections, recycling centres, at home options like composting, or even through recycling bins on the high street. Once your recycled waste has travelled through processing at recycling centres, it could be turned into brand new bottles and jars, road surfacing, or even sand for golf bunkers. Many trains and buildings are also made from recycled materials, while there is a sector of the gift industry dedicated to recycled goods.
Here on-site, there are pages that go into more detail about recycling plastic, all the ways in which you can donate unwanted items to charity and help raise funds, and details about the growing number of online recycling groups and websites, that you can use to list and dispose of all kinds of items.
There are so many easy ways to get involved in recycling, and that is just from the products and packaging we encounter in everyday life. With the government and local councils committed to hitting recycling targets, it’s never been easier to join in.
Recycling is something everyone can get involved in, so why not take a look around the site and find out more. Recyclenow.com is also a useful interactive resource for finding out more about the recycling process, and what happens to all our recycled waste. Finally, if you want to find out more about recycling schemes in your local area, and what you can do to recycle and reuse at home, visit your local libraries, or council websites.