Globally, only about 13% of all waste is recycled. When it comes to plastic, the statistics are even more worrying, with a mere 9% of the 8.3 billion metric tons created annually being recycled. Read our article on the opportunities of recycling…
The Opportunities of Recycling
Recycling rates do vary across the world depending on what infrastructure is in place in each country. Some countries are now moving towards a circular economy, where recycling and its infrastructure is integral. Some countries get a larger economic benefit from producing virgin plastic than a circular economy based on recycling. The trouble is that when plastic waste ends up in a landfill or the environment, it takes up to 1,000 years before it degrades, losing it as a resource and posing a threat to the environment through the CO2 emissions from virgin plastic production.
As awareness increases about climate change and the impact of human activities on the environment, there is a growing movement towards a building the circular economy. A circular economy is based on three principles:
- Eliminate waste and pollution;
- Recirculate products and materials; and
- Regenerate nature.
Recycling will play a major role in how our economy moves forward sustainably over the coming years, whether that be from the environmental impact of recycling or the economic impact. Recyclables already save us over 700 million tons in CO2 emissions every year, and that is expected to grow to a billion tons per year by 2030. Additionally, recycling offsets the CO2 emissions that are generated by the aviation industry. This is just important as both reducing and offsetting our CO2 emissions play a role in combating climate change.
Martland’s Skip Hire
For over a century, the Martland’s family-run skip hire group has been providing local people with all that they require when it comes to waste recycling – as well as skip hire and rubbish disposal. Call Martland’s Skip Hire Ormskirk today on:-
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