Waste management: Why should I recycle?

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Despite local authorities making it as easy as possible for us to do so, many households in Britain are still not bothering to recycle. Why? In part it falls to laziness; it’s a nuisance having to sort and put different things in different bins. People want flowers in their gardens, not a line of plastic bins. We have bins for paper recycling, not to be confused with cardboard recycling, and bins for plastic recycling, and it all takes up so much space. However, we’d soon complain if there were no waste management collections.


Recycling is important to our environment and our economy

More often than laziness and inconvenience, when people can’t be bothered to recycle it’s due to a lack of awareness. We all know that we should. Responsible waste management is familiar to all of us, but do we really understand the impact that not bothering has on the country?

We are a wasteful society; it’s easy to just throw things away without giving them another thought. We accept that our local authority is going to continue sending around the portable compactors that we know as dustbin wagons and that, as if by magic, our rubbish is going to disappear. For some of us it takes all our time to put the bins out once a week.


What happens to my waste after collection?

Waste management is a huge industry. All over the country our rubbish is sorted, often by hand, as it trundles along a conveyor belt at a Materials Recovery Facility. The recycling equipment alone costs us millions, yet as consumers, after we’ve put our bins out, we take for granted the work that goes on behind the scenes. As well as waste compactors there are at least four types of balers needed to string our waste into movable commodities. There are vertical balers, horizontal balers, mill sized balers and fully automated balers.


As a nation we need to be more socially aware and think of our waste management as money necessary to regrow our depressed economy. Recycling is important and just one component of putting the great back into Great Britain.