In recent years, man’s destructive influence on the Earth has become increasingly clear. With melting ice caps, an increase in extreme weather and evidence of other climate change appearing around the world with alarming regularity, recycling is now more important than ever.
Globally, scientists agree we are now nearing a crucial point in our evolution where the changes we’ve made over the centuries (and continue to make) to our world will soon become irreversible. Over the past 200 years in particular, our desire for progress has seen the selfish exploitation of our planet’s resources resulting in the decimation of vast swathes of forest, a build-up of harmful greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere and the extinction of countless species.
The time for change is upon us and we each need to step up to our responsibilities to recycle more of what we use. From our general day-to-day waste to larger jobs like decluttering or renovations, these days, we should all consider the potential of recycling old materials.
Almost without exception, everything we use can be recycled in some shape or form or can be repurposed for secondary use. Companies like balingwiredirect.com stock a huge range of products that make recycling easy – so there’s no excuse not to get started. Here are some recycling ideas you can try out today to begin leading a more environmentally-aware lifestyle.
Paper and card: We send tons of paper and cardboard every year to landfill despite it being one of the easiest materials to recycle. Paper is made from the pulp of trees and its production is one of the primary causes of deforestation around the globe. Simply sorting your paper/card waste into a separate bin can allow recycling companies to turn it back to pulp for secondary uses. Dispose of magazines, books, notepads, newspapers and cardboard boxes carefully and separate them from other items.
Steel: Steel can be 100% recycled with 74% greater energy-efficiency than producing the material from raw substances. Recycling also reduces emissions from mining the resources required for steel production.
Aluminum: Recycling aluminum is 95% more energy-efficient than mining and producing the substance. Aluminum is widely used in drinks cans as well as furniture, foil, pots, etc. Separating aluminum items when putting out the trash will make them easier to recycle.
Glass: Glass can take millions of years to break down in landfill – yet it is, like steel, 100% recyclable and can be used over and over again. Recycling glass saves mining additional resources and reduces energy consumption.
Paper and card: Although it is biodegradable, recycling wood reduces the need for further deforestation. Forests help our planet breathe through the production of oxygen and the cleaning of carbon dioxide from our air.
Plastics: Plastic disposal is one of the most serious problems facing our environment today. Plastics can take between 500 and 1,000 years to decompose and plastic pollution is already having hugely detrimental effects on our ecosystem and oceans. Yet recycling plastic is very easy and around 80% more efficient than producing new products. Always dispose of your plastic goods carefully and keep them separate from your general waste.
Fabrics: Clothing and fabrics are very easy to repurpose or recycle yet, if not disposed of diligently, can take up huge areas in landfill. Fabric recycling stations are now commonplace at most supermarkets making responsible disposal of these items very easy.
Every journey begins with a first step and, when it comes to recycling, if we all start making even just small changes to our lifestyles, the cumulative effect on the environment could be massive. There’s never been a better time than now to start your recycling journey.