Why Recycling Matters?

26.09.2014

Does Recycling REALLY Matter?

       

Recycling DOES Matter

Fortunately for our planet, the world is finally starting to sit up and take notice when it comes to the importance of recycling. Businesses, industries and corporations have a large part to play in providing an eco-friendly alternative for those who are concerned about the environmental strain that bad business causes.

We hope to illustrate the importance of recycling and the damage implemented when we choose not to!

What are the effects of not recycling?

Picture this. Recycling doesn’t exist. What would the consequences be for our environment and health?

• We would run out of space to bury our waste. Excess garbage is generally buried in landfills but increasing population sizes and a dearth of rubbish and waste per person means that the world, and particularly smaller, overpopulated countries such as the United Kingdom, is running out of spots to bury their waste! We could end up living in our own rubbish if we don’t do something soon. Scientists predict that this could be our reality by 2018.

• The idea behind landfills is that the waste and trash will hopefully deteriorate into the earth. Certain items take a long time to perish and others are not perishable at all. In this instance, trash simply sits and rots, polluting the air with unpleasant smells and toxic chemicals that are hazardous to human health. Some scientists believe that such waste is solely responsible for releasing 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into our air.

• Waste would pollute our water supplies meaning that our water would be contaminated and dangerous to drink. Less than 3% of the Earth’s water supply is fresh, so we don’t want to run out!

• Landfills emit high levels of green house gases. Recycling obviously enables waste to be re-used so that it never becomes trash. These green house gases continue to pollute our environment. The UK Government wants to limit the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050.

• Waste that is not recycled or buried is often incinerated. The process of incineration releases further harmful chemicals into the air which we then breathe in.

• Fumes released from waste damage our o-zone layer which diminishes our protection from ultra-violet rays. According to Skin Cancer Research UK, 13,348 people were diagnosed with skin cancer in Britain in 2011 and this number continues to rise.

What are the benefits of recycling with SO Group?

• We can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills
• We can limit the amount of waste that we incinerate. Most collected waste is simply incinerated – we only incinerate about 5% of what we collect and that only includes items that cannot be recycled, such as crisp packets and floor shavings
• We can preserve natural resources such as timber and minerals
• We can reduce pollution
• We can limit greenhouses gases which directly contribute to climate change
• We can recycle 100% of office waste by using a process of rejuvenation which transforms trash into raw material which can be re-used
• We can recycle items that are consumed by offices and businesses on a daily basis, such as white paper, glossy paper, plastic bags and aluminium cans so that businesses don’t need to change the way they operate
• Confidential waste and recycling tend to be collected by separate vehicles but we can collect all waste using one vehicle to save costs and limit every business’ contribution to the carbon footprint.


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