Around 50% of a typical household bin’s contents can be recycled – and another 20-30% can be composted. Yet currently around 85% of our annual household waste still ends up in landfill sites.
Many different materials being put into the landfill often leads to surrounding land and water supplies being polluted. The combination also produces toxic gases, predominantly methane, one of the most potent of all greenhouse gases.
By recycling waste instead of just binning it, we not only reduce the volume of material sent to landfill but also reduce the amount of energy used to manufacture new products from raw materials.
The reasons to recycle are compelling. Don’t gamble the planets future.
Businesses and householders throw away at least one million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
in the UK each year, and annually this figure
is estimated to be growing by up to 80,000 tonnes.
The recycling of electrical and electronic equipment is not currently undertaken to a sufficient extent, so the introduction of the WEEE Directive in January 2007 introduced strict legislation to address the situation. – all your recycling needs here.
25% of all UK carbon emissions come from travel-related sources – from our cars, from the flights we take, from the buses and trains we use.
Reducing the number of journeys we make by car, cutting down on flights and making the most of public transport can all contribute towards making a sizeable dent in the country’s annual emissions.
Opting to walk or cycle shorter distances can have a hugely positive impact on both your finances and your health as well as helping the environment so always look to take this option whenever you can.
Biofuels are being introduced as a healthier response to fuel, all made from organic matter.