The idea of recycling has risen sharply over the past few years. Just a short time ago most people seemed to be happy throwing just about anything out with the intention of it finally ending up in a landfill. Things are different nowadays. Various government and charity initiatives have started to make people think long and hard about where their waste is actually going. This is a brilliant thing. After all; the more that is recycled, the better the world is going to be. On this page I want to take a little look at the idea of recycling and perhaps more importantly; facts about recycling and why it is important that people that have yet to consider the idea of recycling turn onto it.
The Definition of Recycling is Simple
All it involves is taking old, used goods and turning them into something that can be used again. This could be the idea of old scrap pieces of paper being mashed up and used to make new paper, plastic being melted down and reused, or even clothes simply being worn by somebody else. Basically; it is the reusing of an item so it does not end up in a landfill.
Remember; the extraction of raw materials from this planet causes huge habitat loss. So many species of animal have been wiped out over the years due to habitat destruction as a result of industrialization. Recycling will help to cut down on this drastically. It may not completely eliminate habitat destruction but if enough people start looking into the idea of recycling we may be able to preserve at least some of the beauty of this planet.
Does Recycling Work?
I am not going to lie to you here; recycling is going to require at least some energy to make work. This means that carbon emissions will be released into the atmosphere. However you have to be aware that recycling is what is known as ‘carbon neutral’. This basically means the benefits that it brings will outweigh the negatives of recycling (on a carbon emission level at least).
It is estimated that recycling in the UK reduces carbon emission by as much as 15 million tonnes each year. This is an absolutely phenomenal amount. Just imagine how much we would be reducing carbon emissions around the globe if everybody turned onto the idea of recycling, or at least if just a few million more people did. Just for reference; this carbon emission reduction of 15 million tonnes is the equivalent of taking about 3.5 million cars off the road. In short; recycling is really helping to save the environment. We just need more people to do it.
What Can We Do About It?
It is all well and good knowing the benefits of recycling, but how do you start doing it? Thankfully getting started in recycling is easier than ever before. Virtually every location will have a recycling point somewhere nearby. This recycling point will enable you to recycle card, paper, plastic, glass, and a whole host of other items. In some places in the United Kingdom you may even find that your local waste disposal agency will come and collect items ‘kerbside’ for you. You will most likely be supplied a special recycling box for this. If you do not have a system like this right now it is likely that your local authority will introduce one in the near future.
If you are looking to recycle clothing then it is likely that you will find plenty of places in your local area, in particular cash for clothes or charity shops, which are willing to take the products off your hands. In terms of electronics, particularly mobile devices, you will notice plenty of companies online who are willing to buy them off you. You will tend to get a rather decent price for them too. Read more about how to recycle clothing
In short; you are going to have absolutely no issues finding somewhere to recycle your products. This means that you should have no excuse for not getting started with recycling today.