The number of people who live on Earth is growing, and as population increases, a significant amount of waste is being added to this planet.
While it is inevitable to produce waste from the products that we use at home and in workplaces, there are ways to reduce the amount of trash that is being thrown into landfill sites and the ocean. One recommended way to do this is through recycling.
Recycling involves breaking down and reusing waste materials instead of throwing them away as trash. You can reuse coffee containers as snack storage or paint soda bottles and use them as decorative planters.
You can also take these materials to a recycling center. A reputable commercial rubbish clearance company can also ensure your trash will not be needlessly disposed of. Recycling can significantly help the environment. Unfortunately, many do not bother to do their share.
If you have not started recycling yet, here are three important reasons that should persuade you to start recycling your waste:
1. Recycling helps keep you and your family healthy
Recycling can reduce the amount of waste that is being thrown into the environment and thus decrease pollution. This can help keep the air and water clean, which is crucial to human health.
Studies have shown the polluted air can lead to respiratory illnesses. Fish eat Microplastics polluting the ocean that humans eat. These tiny plastic particles also contaminate the salt that we eat.
2. Recycling mitigates global warming
When recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, the number of waste materials that are being dumped in landfill sites is reduced. The United Kingdom has more than 1,500 landfill sites, and about a decade ago, these sites already generate a quarter of the nation’s methane emission.
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide. The increasing amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere contributes to global warming, one of the most pressing issues that humanity currently faces. Scientists warn that the world’s increasing temperatures could lead to a dangerous increase in sea levels and extreme weather events.
3. Recycling protects wildlife
Recycling can help protect wildlife and their natural habitats. It is estimated that plastic debris floating in the world’s oceans kill more than one million sea birds, 50,000 seals, and 100,000 other sea mammals every year.
Each year, about 40 million acres of tropical rain forest are also destroyed from burning or logging. These areas serve as the home of many animals, and the destruction of these habitats leads to the extinction of about 100 species every day.
Recycling helps protect the oceans by reducing the amount of trash that is thrown in the water. It also reduces the need to take down trees in the forests to produce paper and other materials. Recycling just a ton of paper can save 17 trees and thus help reduce the rate of extinction of animals, birds, and insects that live in forested areas.
Start recycling today. It can help protect your family’s health, save wildlife from extinction, and mitigate climate change.