In the UK, we generate 177million tonnes of waste every year in England alone (source: DEFRA 2013 – contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0). It’s a lot of rubbish, and sending it to landfill is bad for the environment for many reasons.
Let’s imagine a plastic bottle is thrown in the bin. Here’s what happens:
Though it takes some energy to recycle a bottle, it’s substantially less. What’s more, pollution through landfill or incineration is avoided too.
Recycling is great, but it’s even better to reduce and reuse. This is a more holistic approach – buy only what you need then use it mindfully to reduce your impact from the outset. A more conscious approach can save you £££s too.
There are many useful ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ websites full of ideas, tips and suggestions to help you.
Some useful sites include:
Reduce, reuse and recycle for kids: