The Effects of Recycling

The many news stories and adverts imploring people to recycle their waste can seem never ending, and maybe even a little tiresome for some people. However, there is a reason that there is such emphasis placed on the importance of recycling, and that is because it can have a hugely positive effect on the environment. This article will look into the effects of recycling and why it’s something we all need to do.

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When waste is not recycled properly and instead just thrown into the bin, it can be sent to landfill, where it joins millions of tonnes of waste from all manner of areas. Any items in landfill that are not biodegradable will sit there for years, slowly rotting and emitting harmful gases that can harm the environment.

Energy efficiency

Making products from scratch requires a lot of energy usage, whereas creating products from repurposed materials does not need as much energy, which not only saves money on energy bills, but it also helps cut down on the emissions and outputs from the machines required to create these materials.

Natural resources

Unfortunately, the world’s resources are not infinitely regenerating, and the more we manufacture things from scratch, the more of the earth’s resources we use. Recycling items means that we don’t have to unnecessarily use up minerals and other materials to create new products, thereby helping to reduce our impact on the environment.

Reduced pollution

Pollution is the most significant problem that arises from waste being sent to landfill. As mentioned above, the non-biodegradable materials in landfill are the ones that emit harmful gases, as well as smelling highly unpleasant. Less carbon is emitted during recycling, too, so it helps to reduce a product’s carbon footprint.

Cost

Using recycled goods can help save you money. A good example of how recycling can impact positively on your wallet is using leaves and grass to make compost. By doing this, you don’t need to spend money on compost. The same is true for other recyclable items – a lot of waste wood and garden items can be repurposed into garden furniture or other accessories, for example.

The need to recycle is more important than ever, and the benefits for the environment are clear to see. As well as benefits to our planet, there are also positives to enjoy for individuals, too – you may soon see that you are saving money by recycling instead of buying new.

Kart A Way provide waste clearance and disposal services for domestic and commercial customers alike, aiming to recycle 100% of the waste we collect. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.