We all talk about making positive changes that will benefit the environment. Though the government is making constant efforts to help the surroundings, it is also our individual responsibility to decrease pollution. While burning of fuels is a major cause for pollution, burning waste and tyres which are out of use is also a grave threat that has occurred due to lack of recycling.
Recycling is an essential step to take in a country where the waste produced exceeds in tonnes. According to the Waste Atlas Platform, about 30 million tonnes of waste is produced in the UK every year. This waste just doesn’t fall on the earth. We are responsible for this waste generation and it is high time that we own up to our mistakes and start taking relevant steps to improve the state of the environment.
Recycling the produce is a way begin.
When we compare the present situation of UK with other European nations we see that Switzerland recycles 52% of the waste that helps them in maintaining a clean and green environment.
Want to know more? Here are 10 interesting facts about recycling that you never knew.
1. Energy saved by recycling 1 aluminium can
Wondering how much energy can be saved by recycling an aluminium can? Well, the fact is – one aluminium can save enough energy to play an entire music album on your iPod. This simply means that if you recycle 100 used cans you should not worry about your room lighting for about 2 weeks.
2. How much waste can we recycle and how much do we recycle
Almost everything can be recycled. From aluminium cans to paper, recycling is the best way to manage waste of all kinds. If done regularly, recycling can generate 70% more energy of what is being produced from the process.
3. Not recycled Plastic Bags kill over 2 million sea creatures
Dumping all of it in the ocean is the worst idea of managing waste. While you think that it will not harm anyone, plastic bags alone kill over 2 million sea creatures every year. Dumping other non-biodegradable waste have similar adverse effects on the marine life. Not so interesting right?
4. What will happen if we start recycling waste in trash
According to an estimate, about 60% of waste in the trash is not recycled. Now what will happen if we made recycling a habit? Well to start with, we would be helping the nation and lowering the chances of electricity crisis in homes and offices. This will directly impact the cost of electricity and soon people in the UK will enjoy lower electricity cost.
5. 24 trees are cut to produce 1 tonne of paper
We all know paper is produced by cutting down bunch of trees. But did you know that only a tonne of paper is produced by cutting down 24 trees. Taking the estimate of how much paper is needed in our daily lives (be it in notebooks, newspaper and pamphlets) about 3 billion to 6 billion trees are cut every year. The calculation is made after the attempts of bringing recycled paper back to use.
6. If not recycled, a glass bottle would take 4000 years to decompose
Did you know glass is 100% recyclable? But, if not recycled it can remain in the dump for 4000 years or may be more. Still, a huge amount of glass waste is just thrown in the landfill without acknowledging the fact that glass can be recycled with no compromise on its purity and quality.
7. Maximum waste in the UK is all produced with recyclable products
You know that maximum waste found in the trash comprises of pens, glasses, blades, razors, aluminium, diapers and tires. Basically everything that is easily recyclable. These things can be easily recycled into new products, however, everything ends up in trash without anyone’s knowledge. If common people like us make it a habit to send this waste away to be recycled, it will hugely benefit the environment and save energy consumption.
8. The use of Organic Garbage for fertilizers
Organic garbage can be composted to make good quality fertilizers. So, rather than using chemicals and pesticides, recycled organic garbage can work wonders and offer the required nutrients to the soil, making it fertile and helping the quality of the crop yield.
9. Recycled Paper helps in reducing air pollution
Paper is produced by cutting down trees. Though paper is definitely a necessity, cutting down trees can be avoided by increasing the use of recycled paper. Moreover, recycling paper is also encouraged as it dramatically brings down the percentage of air fumes by 70%, reducing air pollution in our surroundings.
10. Recycling in the future will help future generations
The effects of recycling are not very drastic. However, if we start recycling every item from today, results will show up in the near future. Altogether, there will be a time where this era will be presented as the era of recycling and our future generation will thank us of taking the required steps and saving the environment from all the pollutants.
All these facts are enough to convince anyone that recycling is the ultimate way to deduce the amount of waste in the UK. So, what is the smartest step to take? How can you help the environment? How can you make sure that the waste you dump ends up in a recycling center?