It’s officially National Recycling Week here in the UK. But while the team here at QU and the majority of our followers and guests are on top of the whole recycling thing before, during and after their glamping UK breaks, there are some people out there who might be feeling a bit behind. So if you’re after some simple pointers then look no further, we’ve got some handy tips to help you out!
First of all, you might ask “why recycle?” Well here’s several reasons why:
Whenever recycling takes place, the used materials are transformed into new products which reduces the need to consume natural resources. If those same used materials are not recycled, new products are produced by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry as a result.
By recycling you are helping to conserve vital raw materials and conserving natural habitats for the future.
Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses significantly less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when factoring in and comparing all related costs, transport, for example.
What’s more is that there are further energy savings due to the fact that there is more energy required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry in comparison with providing industry-ready materials.
Helping to protect the environment
When you choose to recycle you are helping to reduce the need for extracting – logging, mining, and quarrying, – refining and processing raw materials all of which generate considerable air and water pollution in doing so.
Because recycling saves us energy it also decreases greenhouse gas emissions, which supports tackling climate change. At present, UK recycling is assessed to save over 18 million tonnes of CO2 annually – that’s the same as removing an eye-bulging 5 MILLION cars off the road.
Recycling reduces landfill
Recycling sees recyclable materials reprocessed into new products, and as a consequence the degree of rubbish shipped to landfill sites is reduced. Did you know that there are currently over 1,500 landfill sites in the UK alone?
Here’s how you can help:
1. Recycle at home
Nine out of ten of us are provided with household recycling collections, so if you haven’t already got a recycling box or bag from your local council, give them a quick call to find out when they can deliver one over to you.
2. Date check
Check with your council what day your recycling is collected. Some areas have a collection of once weekly and in others it’s collected every two weeks. If you know the date then you won’t miss a collection.
3. Make recycling as easy as possible
- Some things require a wash before you put them out for recycling, glass jars for example. Use your old washing up water to give them a quick rinse before popping them in the recycling box.
- Keep your recycling bin next to your main refuse bin so that you can kill two birds with one stone and take them at the same time.
- You can make recycling a part of your ‘big’ food shop by “dropping when you’re shopping” at supermarket recycling points.