There are a variety of reasons businesses aren’t implementing recycling into their waste management strategy, and many of those reasons are misconstrued. We’re tackling the top recycling myths and excuses we’ve heard and throwing them in the bin (or the baler).
Myth: Recycling costs too much money
If you’ve considered Waste Management companies in the past for your business, you’ll know our services aren’t free. However, this shouldn’t deter a business from choosing to recycle their waste. Whilst using a Waste Management company may cost you initially, the money you save by cutting back on landfill charges, as well as the money your business earns from selling baled cardboard results in more income in the future.
With the collection of rubbish comes a host of legal obligations – all put in place to ensure the safe disposal of harmful items. If the way your business disposes of its waste isn’t completely above-board, you’re more prone to receiving thousands of pounds’ worth of fines.
Myth: Recycling equipment makes my business look ugly
Whilst Green may be our aesthetic, it doesn’t need to be yours. Recycling bins come in every shape, style and colour. And if you’re on the look out for larger equipment like recycling balers and compactors, we’ve customised an array of our recycling equipment to perfectly fit in with the style of different businesses.
Here’s what we did for Sheffield Wednesday
Myth: Recycling causes Pollution
Recycling results in a net reduction in 10 major categories of air pollution and eight major categories of water pollutants. With a few exceptions, manufacturing with recycled materials saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
What about all the DJB Recycling trucks you see driving across the UK?
Recycling trucks often generate less pollution than garbage trucks as they’re not sat turned on whilst our team are outside of them.
Myth: Incineration is safe because you can burn waste for electricity
AIR POLLUTION! Incineration still produces emissions that contaminate the air, adding to air pollutants and greenhouse gases. It’s true that some incinerators do produce electricity from burning waste, but this doesn’t stop air pollution.
Myth: The landfill crisis is a load of rubbish
Whilst Recycling’s true value comes from preventing pollution and saving natural resources and energy, it is also largely responsible for fending off the landfill crises. Along with incinerators, landfills are one of the major sources of pollution. Many materials that end up as waste contain toxic substances that gradually leach into our soil and groundwater, and become environmental hazards for years.
Today’s landfills must follow strict government regulations that address many of these issues. Whilst themselves have improved over the years, all the waste still represents a loss to the environment and the economy. As much as 50% of all landfill space is taken up by paper. Had the paper been recycled, more resources and energy such as trees and water could have been saved. The paper could have been used to make more paper, therefore saving the trees.
In 2010, the UK was declared the ‘dust bin of Europe’ and was warned it will run out of space in eight years..