The benefits of recycling go far above and beyond the basics of getting the rubbish out of your home. The leaders of the world are very much concerned with the effects of climate change and we should be too. Reducing the amount of pollution in the atmosphere is believed to be one way of slowing down or even stopping climate change altogether.
Recycling is one way of limiting pollution your family produces and the amount of things you can recycle and even the ways you can recycle are expanding. Below is a closer look at some of the benefits of recycling and why you should give it a go.
Recycling benefits the environment by reducing the pollutants in both the air and the water. Another element key to reducing climate change is minimising our reliance on oil and gas and recycling helps reduce that by saving energy and therefore reducing production costs.
It’s a shocking fact that UK households dispose of nearly 5 million tonnes of packaging and over 8 million tonnes of food waste each year when much of this could be recycled and reused. The benefits of recycling plastic bottles for example can be seen in that recycling just 1 tonne of bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon being released into the atmosphere and effecting the ozone layer.
Landfill sites produce huge quantities of methane gas which adversely affects the atmosphere, recycling therefore is the best environmentally friendly alternative. Diverting waste from landfills is essential to minimise damage to environment and the atmosphere.
Types of Recycling
There are traditional means of recycling such as bottle banks, clothes banks and paper banks. Most local councils now collect garden waste and general recycling too. However, there are other things you can do which still class as recycling.
Have you ever thought ‘It’s time I sell my stuff for cash?’ when you do you’re recycling. You’re giving your stuff a new home and potentially a new functionality. If you hadn’t sold it, it may have sat in your house going stale and unused. Any measure which sees your things being used by a new person or for a new purpose is just another way of recycling.
Recycling is too much Hard Work
Plenty of people who choose not to recycle claim it’s too much hard work or simply not convenient. However, when you consider your local council now provide all households with recycling bins it’s no more difficult than putting something in your regular trash can. Helping people to understand the damage that comes from NOT recycling and educating them in the benefits can make a huge difference.
Choosing to recycle in one way or another will make you feel good in more ways than one. Not only are you removing all the junk from your home but you’re doing it in a way which benefits the environment. Incorporating recycling into your lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult and it will soon become the norm.