Not only can recycling help the environment, but we can all benefit from recycling things from around the house, at work and during our leisure time.
If you’re not already recycling, it’s really easy to do and you really can make a difference. For those who already recycle, some of the positive effects of your recycling efforts are highlighted below. Don’t forget to find out what else you may be able to do to help protect the environment.
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. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to combat climate change.
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 reduces. Landfill sites produce emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The smaller the amount of refuse sent to landfill sites, the greater the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which helps combat climate change.