Everything You Need To Know About Recycling
The concept of recycling has been around for many, many years now. Recycling is the act of processing different types of materials and reinventing them into new and useful products. Recycling is a lot more energy efficient and helps the world in terms of pollution. Although recycling is everywhere and is being ingrained into our brains daily, some of us still aren’t taking it seriously and this needs to change.
What Do We Waste And Why Is It A Problem?
Waste is everywhere and it’s forever getting worse. We as a community waste natural resources all the time and this is because we dig up, use and burn more than we need in the first place. We waste food and waste is also sent to landfills which could definitely be recycled, reused or composted.
Inefficient use of our resources affects the environment in the long run by giving off emissions which can affect climate change and will ultimately pollute water, soil and the air. We as a community have a waste problem and have created a throwaway culture in regard to products like staws for example. The good news, however, is that we can tackle through this problem but we need to work as a community.
Do We Have A Problem With Plastic?
Every year we throw away millions of tonnes of plastic away. Most of the plastic we use isn’t recycled, it can take up to 1,000 years to decompose properly. Most of the water finds its way into our oceans. As plastic breaks down marine animals consume it, meaning these poor creatures are consuming many harmful chemicals that will be passed up the food chain. By 2050 there is an estimation that there will actually be more plastic in the ocean than fish!
What Are The Facts?
- Around 60% of the rubbish that ends up being thrown away could be recycled.
- The average household in the United Kingdom creates over a tonne of waste a year.
- If we recycled every single newspaper we could save over 250 million trees or more.
- On average, every person in the UK throws away their body weight in waste every 7 weeks.
- Every year the United Kingdom produces enough waste to fill the Millennium Stadium twice a day, every day of the year.
What Can We Do To Lessen Waste?
There are many ways in which you can reduce waste. If we all contribute a small part of our lives to recycling the impact of us working together would be immense. We could use plastic alternatives to cut down our plastic use. Wyatt & Ackerman have created a blog to help you start your plastic-free life. Cut down on your water and electric use too at home as this will conserve energy. We should also consider our food waste while cooking or preparing meals.
How To Recycle At Home?
Do you find recycling at home confusing? Many people have admitted to not recycling because they don’t understand how it all works. Recycling is an amazing thing for the environment and should be done when possible. It is important to be educated on what can and can’t be recycled. You can ask your local council to provide you with a recycling box to help you recycle at home. You should also ask them when the recycling is taken away as this will help you in the future.
How To Recycle At work?
If you are worried about recycling at home, recycling at work could be even more confusing! You could only print when absolutely necessary and make sure to use both sides of the paper. You could start a paper recycling program at work to help people to get involved, maybe add an incentive for extra appeal.
Don’t throw anything away if you feel like it could have another chance at life. Computers could be sold on eBay or donated as well as other products.
What Is The Problem With Incineration And Landfills?
In the United Kingdom, over 15 million tonnes of waste gets send into landfills. Our landfills are very unattractive to look at and cause other environmental concerns. They create greenhouse gases which can cause climate change when broken down. They contain toxic substances which can cause damage to the environment. Incineration is just as bad as landfills. Incineration can cause climate change as it is an inefficient way of generating energy. Incineration usually destroys valuable materials which could be recycled into new products. Neither option is very good and has its own effects on the environment.
What Are The Benefits Of Recycling?
The benefits of recycling are truly endless but Wyatt & Ackerman have broken it down to help you realise how beneficial recycling really is for our world. Recycling preserves natural resources such as trees, metals, glass and many more. Recycling will also protect our ecosystems and wildlife, there are endless shocking photos of our wildlife suffering with the amount of waste we have produced, it’s time to put a stop to it. Recycling will also reduce landfills and incineration creating a cleaner world for everyone to live in. Ultimately recycling is also a lot cheaper than waste collection!
Do You Need Advice On Recycling
Wyatt & Ackerman are aware of the confusing of recycling and are also aware of the ever-changing developments in the packaging sector and how we use them as consumers. Packaging is used globally and Wyatt & Ackerman are proud to promote recycling and be a part of this ever-growing industry. If you would like to speak more about recycling and biodegradable packaging and recycled options, please get in contact with Wyatt & Ackerman today through our website.
Sarah Wirth works for Wyatt & Ackerman specialising in Marketing and Trend-Analysis.
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