Why is it so important to recycle our waste?
Most of us know that recycling is good and supposed to help the environment- but do we really know why?
Let’s find out.
To start with, humans create tonnes of waste each year. Most of the waste is sent to incineration and some ends up in landfills around the world. Unfortunately, some of this waste has ended up in the ocean, creating harmful ‘trash islands’ or garbage dumps that have long lasting effects on sea life and eco-systems.
By recycling properly, we can reuse and repurpose these materials, so they do not end up in incineration or landfills. Incineration which has been the most common way to handle waste, creates too much CO2.
Waste is very high in value, which is why we should recycle it and make it into new products. By recycling instead of disposing we can reduce the high level of CO2 emissions coming from incineration. And we can benefit from the materials that have already been produced once. This way we create a circular economy in which materials go again and again.