Why should I recycle?

13 September 2017

At times it can seem tedious and time consuming to sort through your waste. What can be recycled? What belongs in your general waste bin?

To help remind you of the importance of recycling at home as well as within any commercial environment, our recycling experts have put together a list of reasons recycling is now more important than ever.

Recycling helps to reduce landfill waste 

Your recycling efforts will help to keep landfill waste to a minimum! Since 2000 the UK landfill waste disposal rate has dropped by 70%, which is a huge achievement and big step in preserving our environment. Landfill is a site that buries rubbish in a technical structure that isolates waste from possible contact with groundwater  without contact from air, this means that it will not decompose quickly or that much in time. This disposal technique damages and destroys our natural environment and animal habitats. 

Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions correlate directly to climate change. They are a deadly gas that absorbs and emits radiation into our atmosphere, and increases earth’s temperature – which is why it is so dangerous. Waste that isn't recycled is sorted into landfill or is burnt, and the chemicals from the burning materials emit into the air changing the atmosphere temperature. Greenhouse gas can remain in our atmosphere for thousands of years, so it is vital to produce as little as possible. 

Recycling conserves natural resources 

Recycling materials such as glass, metal, plastic, paper and aluminium utilises materials and products that have already been created instead of recreating them repeatedly. By doing this, industries are able to focus on building new and exciting products, instead of producing materials to replace the ones thrown out and using more energy. This will help to save natural resources for future generations. 

We are an experienced team of recycling specialists based in Dorset and Oxfordshire, with expertise in all areas of recycling and waste disposal ranging from cardboard recycling and End of Life Vehicle Collection, to trade waste disposal and metal recycling. For more information about our recycling services, or for further advice on how you can make a difference at home, contact our team on 01202 675564 today. 

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Locate your nearest household waste centre and scrap yard using the list below. Unsure of where your waste needs to go? Contact our team and we'll be more than happy to help. For your local council charges visit the Oxford Council and Dorset For You websites.