No matter where you based in the world, it has been hard to avoid governmental calls for wholesale recycling. From television advertisements, to leaflets through the post, everyone should be aware of their responsibilities when it comes to separating their waste.
But why is recycling such a necessity? In a world where technological advancements have reached an unprecedented peak, why do we need to manually separate industrial waste?
Firstly, it is the law in some industries in the United Kingdom that a proportion of what they sell is recovered and recycled. These laws are based on EC requirements and generally cover producers of electrical and electronic equipment, vehicles, packaging and batteries.
Other industries have no legal requirements to recycle efficiently but local councils are encouraged to work with businesses in their areas to reduce waste.
Almost daily, industries create an immense amount of waste, some of which can be toxic or harmful to the environment. So here are 10 reasons why recycling is a necessity for those in all industries.
- Conserving Resources
Right now, landfills across the world are full of paper, rubber and glass that is all deemed to be waste by its users. While it seems unlikely to live in a world where these natural resources are unavailable to us, if we don’t start increasing our recycling habits, then there is a genuine concern that these resources will vanish.
Recycling these materials allows them to be re-used over and over, halting the need for any additional natural resources to be used.
The recycling of these materials also forces companies to put more emphasis on creating technologies in order to utilize the raw materials that already exist.
- Energy Saving
In certain situations, especially in the industrial sectors, recycling can save on energy bills. Companies that utilise recycled materials can save up to 95% energy compared to companies who always actively source raw materials. Just recycling one glass bottle has the ability to light a light bulb for up to four hours.
- Improve Industry Standards
Becoming a company that prides itself on its dedication to recycling can have huge rewards. Not only will you increase your reputation locally and among customers but you will also increase your reputation among competitors and prospective investors.
Some industries are also rewarded for their recycling efforts. Becoming a company that is renowned for its dedication to ensuring the recycling of goods will do your business the world of good
- Reduce Carbon Emissions
One of the most important benefits to recycling is that it can greatly reduce carbon emissions. When waste is put into landfill, it is first combusted, which emits toxic gases that are very harmful to the environment. This is thought to be one of the leading causes of global warming
Conversely, recycling means that less trees are being cut down. This in turn means fewer carbon emissions, as trees are capable of getting rid of up to 250 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Another phenomenal statistic that demonstrates recycling’s ability to cut carbon emissions is that a recycling rate of around 30% is as good as removing 30 million cars from the world’s roads.
- Money Saving
Believe it or not, it is generally cheaper to recycle than it is to dispose of your waste. This is verified by WRAP’s annual report which stated;
”The charges to send a tonne of waste to materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and anaerobic digestion (AD) plants are lower than at any other time and are cheaper than other waste disposal options, particularly landfill.”
Money can also be saved by reducing the need for raw materials. If everybody recycled, the demand for raw materials would decrease and subsequently, the price of raw materials would go decrease.
- Minimise Landfill Waste
At the alarming rate by which waste is gathering, landfills are at near full capacity. This can lead to overflow which in turn can contribute to serious ocean pollution, as well as the spread of pollution and even health issues.
It is thought that as much as ¾ of all waste sent to landfill can be recycled. Therefore, especially as you are accumulating industrial waste, responsibility lies on you to recycle as much as possible.
So there you have it. 6 key reasons why every industry should recycle as much as possible. The most important thing about the aforementioned benefits of recycling is that none of it is terribly costly and can be implemented in no time at all. Don’t wait, start improving your recycling habits now.