It has never been more important to recycle. The European Union has set targets to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, and aims to see 90% of all ferrous metals recycled by 2030. With an emphasis of reusing old material and finding new ways to reduce the amount scrap we produce as individuals, recycling can help create a cleaner, greener environment.

We look at why it is important for both the public and companies to recycle and how the team at Bradford Waste Traders are working towards a healthier world for all.

Helps conserve raw materials

Using old materials to produce new products reduces the need to consume limit resources, raw materials and natural habitats. Everyday thousands of trees are cut to provide paper and wood. Recycling goods such as books, newspapers and magazines reduces the need to destroy forests.

Manufacturing goods from recycled material also uses a lot less energy than the amount needed to create goods from new, raw materials.

Reduces landfill reliance

Within the UK there are over 1500 landfills of which produces a quarter of the UK’s methane emissions. Released as biodegradable waste decomposes, landfill sites are filling up fast. This means that more needs to be done to make sure that the space available is only used as a last resort.

Gives green jobs

Recycling provides green jobs for millions of people both in the UK and worldwide. From rubbish collection to transportation and factory work, communities who invest in recycling efforts are given the opportunity to earn money and save the environment.

Saves community money

In order to avoid heavy fines and landfill taxes the amount sent to landfills need to be significantly reduced. Such fines are imposed by Central Government on councils that exceed their landfill allowances. This increases Council Tax payments or increases the likelihood of service cuts to other community areas.

Reduces pollution

Recycling and reusing rubbish helps minimize pollution compared to other means of disposal. Burning unwanted items can damage the ozone layer and produce harmful gases which can contribute to diseases and conditions such as asthma.

Rubbish that is thrown in the ocean can both kill wildlife and damage coral reefs.

This means that every time something is recycled – whether a plastic bottle, cereal box, metal can or unused scrap metal – a life is saved from the environmental effects of pollution.

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