Recycling saves tax payers money – Disposing of our waste at landfill sites costs our local councils a significant amount of money, and this cost is of course passed onto us via the Council Tax. In addition, local councils are required to meet tough recycling targets, currently 58% set by the Welsh Government. Failure to meet targets could result in fines, which again would need to be passed onto the tax payer.
Recycling protects natural resources – Recycling prevents new natural resources such as trees, oil or metal ore being extracted, thus reducing pollution and damage to the environment.
Recycling saves energy – Saving energy is one of the most important benefits of recycling. Collecting recyclables and processing them into new materials requires energy, but it’s far less than the amount needed to make those same products from newly extracted materials.
Golden Rule of Waste Management – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce – Reducing the amount of waste we produce in the first instance is the best way to help the environment and protect your pocket!
- Buy products that don’t have a lot of packaging.
- Instead of buying something you’re not going to use very often, see if you can borrow or hire it.
- Start a compost bin. Over time, food and plant materials will break down through a natural process called decomposition with the resulting compost being good for the soil, and less goes to landfill. Alternatively, use your council’s food and green waste collection service as that also goes to composting.
- Many newspapers and magazines are online. Instead of buying paper versions, find them on the Internet.
- Print only what you need; don’t just hit the “Quick Print” icon.
- Stop unwanted junk mail by registering with the Mail Preference Service at www.mpsonline.org.uk
Reuse – Instead of throwing things away, find ways to use again!
- Coffee cans, shoe boxes, margarine containers, and other types of containers people throw away can be used to store things or can become fun arts and crafts projects. Use your imagination!
- Don’t throw out clothes, toys, furniture, and other things that you don’t want any more as somebody else can probably use them. Contact your local charity shop as they can often collect large items. You could also take them along to a car boot sale and turn them into cash.
- Check out http://uk.freecycle.org/
Recycle – What, when and how you can recycle will depend on the local authority area you live in, but it is likely that facilities will be available to collect at least paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, food waste, cans, plastics as well as garden waste. Other items, such as electrical appliances, metal, wood, oil, batteries, etc., can be taken to local recycling centres.
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