There are endless benefits to recycling waste properly, from positive global impacts, creating new job opportunities, reducing landfill waste, and preventing rapid climate change and global warming.
Apart from the positive environmental effects, recycling helps create jobs in both the manufacturing and recycling industries in the UK, which is essential to the country’s job security, stability and economy. Recycling in the UK means that many businesses can rely on domestic material sources rather than imported ones.
It’s important to remember that recycling is necessary to practice for a healthier, eco-friendly and sustainable future. Here are a few reasons why recycling is essential.
Reduction to global pollution
The process of extracting raw materials to produce new materials causes endless pollution, and recycling helps to reduce the need to extract more material, meaning there’s less pollution. The more materials we recycle, we throw away less waste in landfills. A landfill filled with tons of decaying material emits harmful chemicals and pollutants, so the more we recycle, the less damage we cause to the environment.
Making products from recycled materials requires less energy and footprint compared to making them from extracted raw materials. Using less energy on sourcing, labour and processing materials means we produce lower carbon emissions, therefore preventing the chances of disastrous climate change.
Conserves our raw material source and reduces our demand for them
Constantly extracting raw materials is expensive and can cause permanent damage to the environment. In many cases, it can lead to indigenous tribes and vulnerable communities living around forest systems becoming evicted or exploited for their material sources. Recycling is a better approach instead of damaging land and nature in search of new raw materials.
Cheaper than waste disposal and collection
Recycling your waste is much cheaper than relying on waste collection. The more you recycle, the less weight and thrash you put in the bin, which is beneficial for you, but it reaps positive effects for local public services, businesses, and the recycling industry. Recycling green waste and food waste also generates valuable compost used to grow more food and crops.