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