Is it really worth recycling?
Its everywhere isn’t it? everywhere you look there is a sign telling us to recycle. From our rubbish to our clothes there is a recycling bank for it somewhere. But is it doing any good? I still keep hearing about global warming, contamination of our Oceans and rivers, and yet here we are, conditioning ourselves to “help the environment” and “save the ozone layer”.
The short answer is of course it is doing some good. For example:
- It takes more than 30% MORE energy to create paper from raw materials than recycling it, so less energy used and less air pollution
- The average person in the UK reads 38kg of newspapers every year but it takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper
It can’t ever be a bad thing to increase the quality of the air that we breathe in on a daily basis can it? Based on that alone we are doing some good with recycling.
According to DEFRA, in 2015 the UK’s recycling rate reached 45%, the highest on record.
“As waste has been diverted away from landfill and up the waste hierarchy, there have been significant environmental benefits but also some environmental risks” – DEFRA
The answer to the question is a resounding “yes”. The facts presented are just a handful of those reasons that we all must continue to do our best to make this planet of ours sustainable, without damaging further the very reasons we are able to survive.