What’s next for recycling?

What’s next for recycling?

Recycling: it’s a concept that gets many of us going. How often have you heard people moan, “Do we have to recycle?”

Well, if we want to do our best for the planet and improve the outlook for our children’s generation, the short answer is yes. So it’s encouraging that more and more of us are doing our bit. And thanks to technological advances, even more of our daily household waste can be recycled.

With an increase in recycling going from 11% in 2000, to 45% in 2014, that figure looks set to rise to 65% when the final figures are released for this year. That’s despite some councils noting a small decline in numbers.

It can be frustrating having so many bins and different days. So does recycling help and is it all worthwhile?

Well, let’s take metal waste for instance.

51,000 tonnes of all the aluminium produced each year in the UK goes into packaging for our food. If you were to recycle all of those cans, the UK would need 14 million fewer dustbins.

A staggering £36,000,000 of aluminium is thrown away each year, but with recycling, that aluminium could be something else in as little as 6 weeks. 35% of the world’s aluminium needs now come from recycled cans. That means an old can may be transformed into a new can on your supermarket shelf in just 60 days!

Those possibilities are endless. With that simple can of beans, or beverage can that you recycle, you could be helping build a plane, helping a baseball team hit a home run with a recycled bat, helping a restaurant serve a meal on a recycled pan, or even help a budding photographer take a picture on his recycled camera!

Other forms of metal waste can also be recycled, such as metal components and plastic casing from electronic products you no longer have a use for. And with many clothes, books and even roads now being made from recycled materials, it’s all the more important to do your bit and keep the world turning, helping turn the old into something new.