Not only does recycling benefit the environment, but we can all benefit as a community from recycling as much as we can.
Recycling saves you and your council money
Because of fines and landfill taxation imposed by the EU and central government, it costs your councils around £130 to tip a tonne of waste into a landfill, but just £40 to recycle it. With each home producing a tonne of waste each year, recycling makes big savings that can be spent on other public services that people enjoy. Recycling helps your council offset the cost of waste disposal by allowing us to sell the materials we collect to manufacturers, to make new products like newspapers, bottles and cans.
Recycling reduces landfill
When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites goes down. In 2014 there were 608 landfill sites in the UK, including closed facilities. In 2002 landfill sites produced 22% of the UK’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
Recycling conserves resources
When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry. Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.
Recycling saves energy
Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc.
Plus there are extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry compared with providing industry-ready materials.
Recycling helps protect the environment
Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution.
Because recycling saves energy, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, helping to tackle climate change. Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (C02) a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.