Why we recycle
Too much waste, too much pollution
We currently consume more resources and generate more waste than at any time in history. In fact, every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. If this was all put on trucks it would circle the globe 24 times. And with landfills filling up fast soon will soon be no space left.
The impact of using raw materials
√ Deforestation leads to habitat destruction and global warming
√ Landfills release harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses.
√ Making products from raw materials requires huge amounts of energy. While recycling requires much less which preserves our precious natural resources.
- Saving energy: Using recycled materials in manufacturing uses considerably less energy. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions which helps tackle climate change.
- Conserving raw materials: recycling preserves natural our resources for future generations.
- Environmental protection: recycling reduces landfill and air and water pollution.
- Lower prices: Making products from recycled materials is much cheaper than using raw materials which means lower prices.