Why should we recycle?
Years of experience working in the waste disposal
When clearing rubbish from your home or business premises, don’t underestimate the importance of recycling. The more waste we recycle the less ends up in landfills where it can cause serious harm to the environment. Recycling also helps to conserve natural resources, saves energy and cuts carbon emissions. At Ward Bros Skip Hire, we have our own onsite recycling facilities, ensuring that we can reuse as many items as possible. If you’re still wondering why should we recycle, watch the below video and read on.
5 reasons recycling is important
These days, most people are aware of what recycling is. The process involves breaking down and then reusing materials that might otherwise end up in the trash. Recycling has become very easy over the years, with local councils providing dedicated recycling bins that are labelled or colour coded. Bins are also often available for public use. Most skip hire companies now provide recycling services in Durham and Washington too. When you hire Ward Bros, you can rest assured that we’ll recycle your rubbish professionally and efficiently. Keep reading to learn more about why should we recycle.
Conserve natural resources
One of the biggest reasons why recycling is so important is that it can help to conserve natural resources. Natural resources are those materials produced naturally by the environment, such as timber, metals, and most crucially, fossil fuels like gas and oil. Even though we’ve only been using fossil fuels for around 200 years, the rapid speed at which we’re burning them means they could completely run out by 2060. By recycling plastic, less new plastic will need to be created. This is important since it’s usually made from fossil fuels known as hydrocarbons.
Recycling saves energy since it reduces or eliminates the need to make products using new raw materials. The difference in energy usage can be stark. For example, producing new aluminium products from items like recycled cans and foil uses around 95% less energy than creating them from scratch. For steel, the energy saving is around 70%. As you can see, using recycled materials uses significantly less energy.
Cut carbon emissions.
Since recycling means that less energy is required, fewer carbon emissions are emitted into the atmosphere. Carbon emissions, which we also refer to as greenhouse gas emissions, are the main contributors to climate change. By using recycled materials rather than new materials when producing products, we can reduce the level of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
Less waste sent to landfills
Ultimately, the more waste we recycle, the less will be sent to a landfill. Whilst landfill sites are important for storing rubbish safely, they aren’t very good for the environment. They’re a major source of pollution, with toxins, leachate, and greenhouse gases all major problems. High levels of CO2 and methane gas are produced by the rotting waste in the ground, contributing to global warming. Landfills are also unsightly and produce unpleasant odours.
So, whilst landfills are still necessary for dealing with the enormous quantities of waste produced by UK households and businesses, recycling can help to reduce our reliance on them. The less waste we send to landfills, the less damage there is to the environment.
Protecting the ecosystem and wildlife
When more people recycle their rubbish instead of throwing it away, it can help to protect ecosystems and wildlife. This is because there is less need to grow and extract precious raw materials. There is less damage and disruption to the Earth and animals’ natural habitats. There are fewer trees cut down in forests and less pollution of soil, water, and air. Another factor to consider is that recycling plastic waste prevents it from ending up in rivers and seas and polluting coastlines hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
Recycling services in Durham and Washington
At Ward Bros, we’re the first point of call for individuals and businesses seeking professional recycling services in Durham and Washington. As one of the leading skip hire companies in the area, we’re constantly taking steps to maintain our green credentials, with our team doing all we can to protect the environment. We have our own onsite recycling facilities here at Ward Bros, which means we’re able to recycle our clients’ waste effectively.
We recycle as much rubbish as possible, ensuring a minimum amount ends up in a landfill. One of the most important steps we take when recycling rubbish from skips is separating it into different categories. We’ll extract recyclable materials such as paper, wood, metal, and plastic before treating and reusing them appropriately.
Skips – eco-friendly rubbish disposal
Now that you know why should we recycle, you might be wondering what the most effective way of doing it is. In many cases, skips are one of the best options. Most skip hire companies in the UK are very eco-conscious, having a strong focus on recycling as much waste as possible. Indeed, as much as 80% of the rubbish that you dispose of in skips is suitable for reusing again. What’s more, since skips are so robust and hardwearing, they have a very long lifespan, ensuring that they are reused repeatedly. This makes them environmentally friendly themselves. Skips are one of the most eco-friendly options for rubbish disposal. So, why not get in touch with Ward Bros to discuss your needs?
At Ward Bros, we aim to recycle as much of the waste we collect as possible. To find out more about our recycling services in Durham and Washington, get in touch. Call us on 0191 666 0167 to talk to one of our friendly team or send us a message via the website. We’ll be happy to answer any questions about our eco-friendly skip hire services.