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Why Recycle?

Why Recycle?

Recycling Conserves Resources

Recycled material is reprocessed and used to make many new products.  This means that we can conserve important raw materials and protect the habitats where these raw materials are found. If we do not recycle, the raw materials will have to be used to make new products; so the more people recycle, the less raw materials have to be extracted from the earth.

 

Recycling Saves Energy

Even if you compare associated costs such as transport and reprocessing; using recycled materials uses considerably less energy than using new products from raw materials.

Energy savings are also made as recycled materials tend to be industry-ready; whereas raw materials need to be extracted, refined, transported and processed.

 

Recycling Helps Protect the Environment

The extracting (mining, quarrying, logging) refining and processing of raw materials mentioned above all create substantial air and water pollution - this is avoided when using recycled materials.  

As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of C02 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.

 

Recycling Reduces Landfill

Landfill sites are full of a wide variety of materials, many of which are wasted resources which could have been recycled into new products. Landfill also produces emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Many materials take a long time to break down in landfill, for instance glass can take up to a million years!


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Here you will find information on environmental and planning issues. This section provides a wealth of information including details on how to make or enquire about a planning application, rubbish, waste and recycling information.

 


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