Over recent years more and more people have become aware of the impact that they have on the environment around them. Businesses are using the services of commercial recycling cheltenham companies such as https://www.printwaste.co.uk to ensure that they are responsibly disposing of items within their business.
Here are some facts about recycling here in the UK that you may find interesting.
It is thought that we dispose of over 13 billion steel cans each year which means that we could reach the moon with a steel can tower three times. Steel is easily recycled and if new items are made from existing steel items it is throughout that is saves 75% of the energy that would be used from making steel items from raw materials. Aluminium cans are just as significant with just one can being recycled saving enough energy to run a household television for 3 hours. Now that’s a lot of binge watching your favourite television series!
Glass is just as incredible and it is though that a single household lightbulb could be powered for over four hours with the energy that can be saved by recycling just one glass bottle. If you consider the number of glass bottles thrown away each day that is a lot of lightbulbs being powered.
Paper is one of the biggest items to be recycled on a daily basis. Thinking about all the items that are made of paper that we come into contact with each day, this is not surprising. The positive impact that paper recycling has on the world around us is staggering with around 17 trees being saved for every tonne of paper that is recycled.
Plastic is one item that has made the news over recent years with its disposal having more and more of an impact on the environment around us. This has further hit home by environmental programmes such as Sir David Attenborough’s series and in particular the image of a mother whale carrying around her deceased baby that had died from chemical intoxication passed on from its mother due to the amount of plastics and other items that are drifting into our oceans.
If every person started to recycle just one more item a day the impact would be significant and some of the negative effects that we are having on the world could be halted and hopefully reversed but we need to act quickly.